WILMINGTON,NC-(WECT) Officials at Bellamy Elementary School have closed one of the mobile units due to mold."We have received some emails from parents who are concerned about the possibility of mold inMore >>
Originally officials moved 21 students into the library after mold was found in a mobile unit at Bellamy Elementary School, but now, some 5th graders are being moved to another school. More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Test results came back negative for mold contamination of mobile units at Bellamy Elementary. School officials originally moved 21 students in the library after mold was found inMore >>
Newly finished testing has identified mold in another elementary school mobile unit in New Hanover County. School leaders says no other schools are being tested for mold at this time.More >>
There's something wrong with a system that requires children to become ill and parents to complain before school leaders will test our classrooms for dangers like mold.
But that's what has played out so far this year in New Hanover County Schools…not once, but twice!
I know the school system doesn't have an excess of money, and it's expensive to do preliminary testing for mold in those mobile units. Plus, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it's not necessarily fool proof, but there has to be a better way.
So far, we've encountered mold at Bellamy and Parsley elementary schools. We don't know about other mobile units around the county, because, according to school leaders, there are no plans to test them.
Let's at least take the time to talk about best practices. It might turn out the best solution does not include preliminary testing. But they could certainly improve communications with parents so we're not in this same situation year after year.
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