Parent voices concerns about mold issue at Englewood Elementary

Published: Aug. 24, 2016 at 9:58 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 at 12:11 AM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - One parent is concerned that the mold problem at her child's school isn't just confined to one part of the building.

Katherine Saldana read part of a letter given to parents of students attending Englewood Elementary School when classes started.

"My child is never sick. She never has stomach problems or anything like that. It's just weird," Saldana said.

She feared mold there may have made her 8-year-old daughter and others there sick.

"It's mainly stomach pains, asthma. Some kids are having to take their allergy medicine again when they wasn't taking it this summer," Saldana.

Officials with the Tuscaloosa County School Board say the mold is confined to the cafeteria and a small office. Those areas are closed while they're being cleaned.

"The students have not been in any of the areas where the mold is. It was quarantined before the students came to campus. So they haven't been anywhere near the mold," Deputy Superintendent David Patrick explained.

Patrick said clean-up will continue through the week and the cafeteria could reopen Tuesday or Wednesday.

But Saldana remains worried about what's making her child sick.

"I can't say for 100 percent sure it's mold cause my child hasn't been completely tested yet. But she goes today," Saldana reiterated.

Those areas would also have to air tested before students and staff would be allowed back in them.

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