Minor Mildew Found in Herndon High School
"No evidence of water damage or active mold growth."
Herndon High School staff and their families have expressed concern over mold in the school recently.
According to one source, staff members have complained of feeling sick and having chronic sinus issues. The source said an environmental testing engineer from the county tested classrooms and reported a mold infestation.
On Wednesday Principal William Bates addressed the issue in an email to families. Bates said minor surface mildew was found in several classrooms of the foreign language wing.
He said the mildew was found on surfaces that are not routinely cleaned by the custodial staff, and the mildew was likely due to excessive humidity during the last air conditioning season.
“There is no evidence of water damage or active mold growth,” Bates’ email said. “Currently, the relative humidity in the school building is under 30 percent. The mildew has been removed from the affected surfaces in these classrooms by custodians using recommended procedures.”
As a precaution, four additional classrooms will be more thoroughly cleaned over spring break and follow up inspections are planned after the work is completed.
Bates said there is not a widespread mold problem at the school according to Fairfax County Public Schools’ environmental health engineer.
Bates said the issue was brought to his attention by a staff member on March 8, at which point he contacted FCPS’ facilities management staff for guidance. A long-term plan was also developed to prevent recurrence and housekeeping protocols are under review.
“Our primary concern is the health and well being of our staff and students and we will continue to closely monitor this situation,” Bates said. “Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.”
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