Kids in the Fairfield Area School District just got a little reprieve from the back-to-school blues.
The Adams County district on Friday announced that the start of classes was being moved up three weeks as a result of a mold concern in all buildings.
The first day of school, which had previously been set for Aug. 21, will now be Sept. 4.
“I apologize for the short notice, but we have recently confirmed the need to delay the start of the school year in order to allow the district to bring professionals to clean all buildings and ventilation systems prior to accepting staff and students,” said district Superintendent Karen Kugler.
In a press release, Kugler explained that according to the environmental health contractors, mold is common in homes and commercial buildings, especially big buildings like schools.
Record amounts of rainfall this summer, may have contributed to the situation, she noted.
“It’s really difficult to keep an exact balance with the HVAC system so you don’t get conditions where you get condensation and other conditions conducive to mold growth,” Kugler stated.
She added that she has no doubt that the district will be able to stay on schedule and open in the first week of September.
“They are sure they can get it fixed so we can get kids in here where they belong,” Kugler said.
Last year, the East Pennsboro Area School District dealt with the issue of elevated mold spore counts in three of its schools.
Allergies are the most common health problems connected with mold.
Symptoms of mold allergies include runny nose, post-nasal drip, coughing and wheezing. In some cases, mold can cause more serious problems, such as strong allergic reactions in the lungs or sinuses and hypersensitivity pneumonitis — an inflammation of the lungs.
Other health problems associated with mold include toxic mold syndrome and sick building syndrome.