Mould causing concern in classrooms

Mould in modular classrooms is causing problems and concern at Cayman’s schools.

Education Minister Alden McLaughlin told Friday’s Cabinet press briefing that remedial work is due to be carried out in one of the units over the weekend.

And if the action taken is effective in reducing the problem of moisture, it would be applied to all the modules.

But, if not, more extensive contingency plans have been developed, he told the briefing.

Mr. McLaughlin said significant concerns had been raised because high levels of humidity were being found which, if left unchecked, could lead to mould growth.

It is thought that the modular classrooms had been sourced from places with different climates to that of Cayman and that had contributed to the problems being encountered at George Hicks and John Gray.

Where mould growth had been detected, action was taken to remove the mould and do remedial work prior to use by students, said Mr. McLaughlin.

A professional remediation company had been brought in to carry out a survey of air quality in one of the John Gray modulars, he told the briefing.

Although they found elevated moisture levels, but no mould, the high moisture levels continued to be a concern, he said.

Action is being taken to install new thermostats, to keep the rooms at a fixed temperature and to upgrade filters, Mr. McLaughlin told the briefing.

Schools were also being advised to not saturate the floors when cleaning, to minimise the amount of time the doors were kept open and to ensure air conditioning units were kept on all the time, he said.

One teacher had apparently spoken about ‘fumes’ and complained of feeling nausea in relation to one of the modules, the briefing was told

Mr. McLaughlin said the health and safety of teachers and students was of paramount importance and everything possible would be done to address the problems.

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