Air quality report clears Wayland elementaries

By: 
Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

Air quality at Baker Elementary School in Wayland is at safe and acceptable levels and poses no threat to the health of students, according to a summary report by building and grounds director Bill Melching.

Professional testing following EPA protocol for environmental contaminants was conducted after former Baker Elementary School aide Linda Holcomb addressed Wayland Union Schools board of education with concerns of the possibility of black mold caused by a leaky roof.

Lab results for the property indicated acceptable levels of airborne mold spores in the atmosphere and a rare presence of contamination on swabs in selected areas.
Room 155, currently not being used as a regular classroom, showed very low levels of mold when weighed against the elevated levels normally associated with “sick” rooms or buildings, the summary said.

Professional staff were contacted to clean the area to prevent any further growth.

Dorr Elementary School was also tested for air quality because of black mold concerns in an office/storage area next to the gym for storage of equipment.

A variety of contaminants were noted in the air sample, although none were “toxic black mold,” the summary said.

The low-level contaminants posed no health risk to persons with a healthy immune system.

As recommended by the inspection company, the room was professionally cleaned and sanitized along with the equipment; a dehumidifier will be used to keep future moisture levels low.

To see the full report, contact Melching at melch ingw@wayland.k12.mi.us or call the administration office at (269) 792-2181.

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