Athens, PA (WENY) – Just one week after Canton Area School District closed its schools due to mold, the Athens Area School District is doing the same thing.
Athens Area School District discovered the mold growing on a bookshelf in one of the classrooms shortly after the school day ended on Thursday. Students and faculty were then notified that they would not be able to return to the school until the end of next week if all the mold is cleaned up by then.
The mold was found in the Harlan Rowe Middle School, but all of the other schools in Athens Area School District were closed as a precaution.
“We are still going to take the time to clean all four of our schools and make sure they are clean top to bottom with the right chemicals and cleaners and make sure we do air quality test in all four of our buildings to make sure they're at acceptable levels,” says Athens Superintendent, Craig Stage.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency some tips are to fix plumbing and leaks in the building as soon as possible, maintain low indoor humidity and don't let foundations stay wet and you want to provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
Other tips include clean and dry wet spots within 48 hours and vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.