Parents complain of mould at Harbour Grace school
Parents and students at St. Francis school have concerns about a mould problem at the Harbour Grace school and the remediation efforts currently taking place, says Opposition education critic Roland Butler.
But the parents don’t want to speak publicly about it.
According to Butler, parents and students say mould is visible on walls that are being renovated by work crews. While remediation work appears to be taking place to address the problem, students were concerned about writing exams in the gymnasium during the construction and about loud noise.
“There are certainly air-quality issues that have been identified at St. Francis,” the Port de Grave MHA said last week.
“My question is why students are being exposed to this work and any potential mould that may be present. In similar situations, schools were shut down and alternative arrangements were made to accommodate the students. The safety of the students and staff must be the first priority and the families that we have spoken with are certainly raising concerns.
“I am asking the minister of Education and the Eastern School District to look into this situation to determine whether the mould issues identified have been contained and whether the concerns of students and parents can be addressed during these final few days of classes. If there are no health and safety concerns, officials should do everything possible to assure the families involved. Greater consideration should also be given to students who are working hard to finish their exams.”
The exams are now over, however.
Mary Tucker, spokeswoman for the Eastern School District, said exterior rehab work is going on at the 34-year-old school structure, but there have been no air-quality concerns raised by the consultant on the project.
Bill Bowman/The Compass REHAB WORK - Workmen were busy with exterior rehab work at St Francis school last week, but there have been no air-quality concerns raised by the consultant on the project, according to Mary Tucker, spokeswoman for the Eastern School District. Brick was being removed from the Harbour Grace school for new siding and windows, and rotten studs were found underneath, Tucker said.