Aug 28, 2013 8:08 AM by Kristen Holloway

Pre-K Students at J.W. Faulk Elementary Can Start School

Pre-kindergarten students at J.W. Faulk will be able to start school this morning after having their first day canceled due to mold in their classrooms.

District and school officials had professional testing and cleaning done inside of the classrooms. The cleaning crew removed the mold and made sure the air quality was at a good level for students today.

"There was a lot of damage done to all four classrooms but we are feeling very successful because we virtually have brand new classrooms," said Pre-K Teacher Diana Wilson-Mcdowell.

Pre-K teachers at J.W. Faulk are working to settle in and replace personal and teaching items lost due to the mold. Principal Katrina Riley says district custodians and staff all teamed up to help with the clean up process.

"The professional cleaning crew came out several times to remove the mold then we also had a painting crew to come out and repaint classrooms because there is a component in the paint make up that helps keep the mold levels down in classrooms," said Riley.

Both Riley and Mcdowell say even though it may have been an inconvenience for Pre-K parents, the school took all the necessary precautions to ensure that classrooms are safe for students to return.

"We wanted to make sure everything was at the highest level for students to return in a safe environment that was our upmost concern but parents should be ready for a good school year," said Riley.

"We want them to feel safe and know that we would not risk ourselves or their children by any means and we just can't wait to see them," said Wilson-McDowell.

Principal Riley says risk management officers advised her staff to keep the doors closed during this time of the year because humidity increase in classrooms can cause the mold to return.
This morning the pre-kindergarten girls will report to school, the boys tomorrow and everyone on Friday.



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