From the Superintendent (mold inspections)

From the Superintendent (mold inspections)
Posted on 09/04/2018
The following message was originally sent via CV E-news on September 4, 2018, to the Emergency Alerts subscriber group. Please click here to view separate communication that was sent to the Sporting Hill CV E-news group.

Dear Cumberland Valley School District families:

As you may be aware, earlier today we discovered the presence of mold in two classrooms at Sporting Hill Elementary School. We believe the mold is the result of increased humidity levels within the building caused by pipes that began to sweat, dripping condensation onto ceiling tiles. As a result, the decision was made to dismiss Sporting Hill students early so that crews were able to begin a thorough and comprehensive cleaning of the building, to replace ceiling tiles, to complete remediation, and to do both pre- and post-testing of air quality conditions. A separate communication has been sent to Sporting Hill families.

It is important to note that throughout the summer and the start of the school year, Cumberland Valley School District has been extremely proactive in combatting mold in all District buildings. Intensive visual searches, proactive dehumidification, and thorough cleanings occurred across the District throughout the summer, in combination with daily cleanings and inspections of our buildings since the start of school.

Mold that was clearly not present during summer cleaning can develop unseen. It is important to remember that mold can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours, sometimes not accompanied by musty smells and not easily seen in well-lit spaces and under surfaces. Our recent weather conditions, in conjunction with the three-day weekend, were ideal for mold development.

Throughout the summer, fall, and on warmer days, we will continue daily visual inspections and will take the appropriate response as necessary based upon our findings.

As always, we appreciate your continued support and understanding, and we will provide you with any additional updates as necessary.

Sincerely,

Dr. Frederick Withum III
Superintendent
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