The Van-Far R-I School District has taken steps to ensure the safety of its students recently after concerns were expressed by Science teachers regarding the air quality of their classroom area.
For the second year in a row, the district called in an air quality person to test what are being called “natural mold spores.”
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter said the spores are typically found in older buildings. He said it’s similar to those spores commonly found in basements of homes and usually involve a need to wipe things down often in the affected areas.
“There is nothing that needs remediation,” Superintendent Dr. Hunter said.
Once teachers reported their concerns, students were moved from the room.
An air quality professional visited the district on Friday to test the air and lab results are expected in the next week or so.
The district took similar measures in 2015 when that investigation also resulted in no remediation being needed.
Due to some older books being locked up in a closet in the Science room area that isn’t opened up on a regular basis, several of the nearly 30-year-old books have been tossed into the trash at the recommendation of professionals who tested the district in 2015.
“The steps we’re taking don’t necessarily equal what we got,” said Superintendent Dr. Hunter in relation to the mold spores issue.