School district investigates air quality, black mold claim

Shenandoah County Public Schools confirmed Monday that a report of a hazard to indoor air quality at W.W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock is being investigated.

The report, filled out at the school by parents, refers to black mold, said Superintendent Jeremy Raley.

“It’s a precaution that we have done in the past and we certainly take these allegations seriously,” Raley said.

The district is following its standard process of investigating allegations of air quality issues in the schools, he said. Past precautions were taken at other county schools.

“The parents filled out a report on Friday,” he said. “We have staff contacting the parents today.”

Asked if any school parents pulled students from school on Friday as a result of the reports referencing mold, he said, “That is not accurate.”

School was in session as usual on Monday.

The Lord Fairfax Health District received a complaint of black mold on the windows at W.W. Robinson on Nov. 14, said Health Director Charles Devine III.

Though the health district does not have authority under its code to investigate claims of mold in schools, he said, it would act as an adviser to the school if asked. He said the health district does not have a code for investigating environmental issues.

“It is not a complaint that we receive frequently from schools,” Devine said. “… I imagine the [next] step would be to determine the extent of the problem.”

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