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Mold Causing Issues in Greer Schools

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Greenville News -- Mold forced the closure of five classrooms at Greer High School on Wednes­day, and excessive mois­ture in 12 others could cause them to be closed to­day, school officials said.

Meanwhile, tests at Mauldin High showed a continued "moderate level" of mold in a football locker room that has been closed since before the start of school Monday, district spokesman Oby Lyles said.

"Individuals sensitive to mold may experience aller­gic responses such as skin irritation, irritated eyes, sore throat, flu-like symp­toms, sinus congestion, or respiratory problems," Lyles said. He urged par­ents who have concerns about their child's health to contact their physician.

Greer High Principal Marion Waters said stu­dents were moved out of five classrooms after "trace amounts" of mold were found.

Conditions in 12 other classrooms raised suspi­cion of possible mold growth there as well, al­though no students had complained of symptoms, he said.

"I don't think students were very much aware of it," he said.

Wet carpet in two com­puter labs was ripped up Wednesday and will be re­placed with tile, Waters said.

Conditions have been ripe for mold to thrive this summer in the Upstate. An entire 19-room classroom building at Easley High had to be closed for mold and mildew removal before the start of school there.

The high humidity and heat produced "probably kind of the perfect storm" for condensation that creates an environment for mold infestation, Waters said.

Technicians at Greer High were working late in­to the night Wednesday running tests to determine whether the roomsin ques­tion were safe for students to use today. Waters said he expects to get a report from them at 5:30 a.m.

Humidifiers had been brought into the school, and the five rooms where mold had been confirmed had been cleaned by late afternoon, Waters said.

The school has enough space to relocate all 17 classrooms temporarily if necessary, he said.

At Mauldin High, mold had been found in two lock­er rooms and in the cafete­ria, Lyles said.

The environmental engi­neering firmconsulting the school district on that school's problems recom­mended further cleaning of the cellulose fireproof­ing material above the sheetrock ceiling in one of the locker rooms. The dis­trict is replacing the materi­al instead, "as a preventive and precautionary meas­ure," Lyles said. That will require keep­ing the locker room closed until sometime next week, he said.

The other locker room and the cafeteria have been cleared for occupancy, he said.











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