Lewes, DE, February 13th, 2012 -- Earlier this month, The Baltimore Sun reported about indoor air quality problems at Edgewater Elementary School. The 60 year old building has problems with mold growth and the school’s cafeteria recently hosted a meeting of concerned parents.
Parents and faculty have stated that something in the building is making people sick. The school is currently slated for a complete maintenance study in 2016, but local parents say that is too late. Currently issues with dampness in the school’s crawl space are being addressed.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Studies show that dampness and mold in homes, offices, and schools cause a significant increase in several respiratory and asthma-related health outcomes. Dampness and mold in homes are estimated to account for 21 percent of current asthma cases in the United States. School environments may account for an even higher percentage of current asthma cases. For schools, major risk factors include microbial concentrations in the air or in dust on floors; visible or odorous signs of mold; or dampness and mold in the building at large.”
Not only can poor IAQ schools lead to absenteeism and have a negative impact on a child’s ability to learn, but these problems can lead to medical problems that have a direct impact on a family’s financial wellbeing. “Most problems with indoor air quality in schools can be prevented,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC). “The problem often comes down to the fact that school budgets have been tighten to such a degree that building maintenance and preventive maintenance just doesn’t have sufficient funding to prevent many of these issues. Being proactive is the ideal way to prevent situations like the problems being encountered at Edgewater Elementary.”
SEHC has sponsored a video about indoor air quality and student performance that can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QxdcORr-1M
About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC
SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 Corporations.