Saturday, May 28, 2011

Are Absences at Plymouth High School Connected to Black Mold?

FROM ONE CONCERNED PARENT TO ANOTHER:
Look at the tiles in the P.H.S. gymnasium and possibly elsewhere in the building.  Can you see black mold?

As a parent, I would like to know why/how did the problem begin?  Did Superintendent Mr. Tyree  contact OSHA for an inspection and help?  Has he advised students, parents, staff, and the visiting public of a potential health risk for all?  Does the lack of attention in this matter line up with the school system's publicly messaged image of creating a wellness plan for its students?  Could those students Superintendent Tyree wants to prosecute for "truancy" be sick because of black mold?
  

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF BLACK MOLD?
Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as black mold, is a fungus that thrives in damp, humid areas of buildings. Black mold moves quickly into duct work, wood and wallpaper.  Black mold may be found in areas that have incurred water damage. Buildings with black mold are called "sick buildings" because of reoccurring illnesses of people who live or work in them.

Toxic Mold Exposure

Toxic mold is the term applied to several types of mold that can invade homes, commercial buildings, and schools, causing illness and triggering asthma. There are several types of mold that can cause illness, including:
  • Stachybotrys atra
  • Aspergillus
  • Chaetomium
  • Penicillium
The mold that has gained the most attention recently is stachybotrys atra, also known as black mold. Black mold has been linked to several adverse health conditions, including pain and inflammation of the mouth and throat, flu, recurring cold, fatigue, asthma, sinus infections, and brain damage.

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