Teach­ers want mold fix

Broward union to seek in­de­pen­dent in­spec­tions

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - Staff writer

Broward County school­teach­ers say they are tired of wait­ing for the district to do some­thing about mold in their class­rooms.

The teach­ers union says the district has failed to ad­dress its com­plaints, so it wants to bring in in­de­pen­dent com­pa­nies to in­spect class­rooms within the month, union pres­i­dent Anna Fusco said Tues­day.

The union plans to pay for test­ing ser­vices.

In April, Fusco mailed a sur­vey to the district show­ing that more than 760 teach­ers feel sick in their build­ings.

About 1,200 em­ploy­ees took the anony­mous sur­vey, out of 11,000 union mem­bers. About of them in­di­cated that they see doc­tors to deal with health issues they say they ex­pe­ri­ence at work.

Teach­ers said they work around musty odors, vis­i­ble mold or con­di­tions that cre­ate mold such as dras­tic cli­mate changes or air-con­di­tion­ing shut-downs.

Pro­longed mold ex­po­sure can cause a gamut of prob­lems — from al­ler­gies to neu­ro­log­i­cal dys­func­tion — and is par­tic­u­larly harm­ful to chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, peo­ple who are sen­si­tive to molds can de­velop nasal stuffi­ness, throat ir­ri­ta­tion, cough­ing or wheez­ing, eye ir­ri­ta­tion or skin ir­ri­ta­tion. Peo­ple with al­ler­gies to mold can de­velop more se­vere re­ac­tions, and im­mune-com­pro­mised peo­ple can suf­fer se­ri­ous lung in­fec­tions if they get ex­posed to mold.

District staff re­spond to com500

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