GI Public Schools: Mold contamination at GISH is resolved

GIPS Superintendent Tawana Grover announced last week the start of classes at GI Senior high would be postponed due to mold. (Source: KSNB)
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) With the exception of one classroom, Grand Island Senior High students can go to class on Tuesday to start the school year.

Grand Island Public Schools announced Monday afternoon that mold remediation efforts begun last week had been completed in all but one room.

In a prepared statement, GIPS chief financial officer Virgil Harden said, "The school is safe. Our efforts to remove and prevent mold issues have worked as planned, Students will not have access to the one classroom continuing to receive mediation.”

GIPS said that classroom would be locked and sealed off from students and staff. All classes in the sealed off room will be relocated until it passes inspection. Students will be informed of the new location on Tuesday.

In the press release, GIPS also included information from Mike Smith, the industrial hygienist from B2Environmental working with the district, who said the rest of the school is safe. All other classrooms, hallways, locker rooms and areas of the school have been tested and passed.

GIPS said the classroom that tested the highest last week has been completely cleaned, air scrubbed and monitored, and has virtually no trace of mold when retested. The process was utilized in every classroom of the 200 wing.

Last week Smith said that due to a perfect storm of unique weather conditions and high humidity in closed classrooms, a non-toxic mold had occurred. He said these conditions are not normal, and likely caused this situation in as little as 48 hours.

Smith and the district said the mold was non-toxic, but could have caused allergic reactions in some cases.