AllentownSchool District

Superintendent's Message - Mold Remediation in Allentown School District Buildings


August 26, 2018

Dear Allentown School District Families, 

After exceedingly hot and humid summer months, many schools in the Lehigh Valley are faced with the growing problem of mold in buildings. As you hear of other District’s closing schools in an effort to remediate mold in their buildings, we wanted to provide you with an update on our buildings the steps Allentown School District has taken to prevent and remediate mold in our schools. 

The Allentown School District facilities staff routinely check all rooms and surfaces for mold growth. Any growth detected is reported, and immediate steps are taken according to appropriate District policy and procedure. This includes removal of any mold found and performance of air quality testing to ensure that buildings are safe to occupy. 

Last week, mold spores were found at Sheridan Elementary and Trexler Middle School. Building administrators and AEA representatives are aware and the facilities department has already taken steps to remove and remediate the growth. Air quality tests have been performed at both locations.  Sheridan, Trexler and all other ASD buildings have been deemed safe for staff and students to return. All schools are currently on schedule to open on September 4, 2018. 

As we continue to inspect all buildings prior to the first day of school, it is important to note that mold spores are constantly present at various levels and need food and water to grow. Growth is most common in buildings that are cool and moist. The Allentown School District has taken appropriate preventative measures in all of our school buildings, and further caution in those that are most susceptible (buildings with air conditioning). Preventative measures that are proven to reduce the possibility of mold growth have been taken in all buildings including the closure of outside air vents and running boilers to introduce heat. 

The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority for ASD, and our facilities department will continue to be proactive in this situation. 

Thank you, 

Thomas E. Parker