The Thames Valley District School Board has announced Ekcoe Central Public School in Glencoe will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to ongoing concerns over the presence of mould in some classrooms.
According to a release from the school board issued Tuesday morning, environmental consultants, professional cleaners and school board staff have been working to eradicate the mould since it was first discovered by school staff in late August.
Environmental reports suggest the mould called Cladosporium is a common surface species typically found on grass and soil.
After finding evidence Tuesday morning of substances that may promote the growth of mould, officials decided to close the school until independent tests can verify the school is safe for everyone to return.
The school has been contacting parents to inform them of the closure and the need to pick up their children. Officials say all students are being supervised until all children are picked up by parents or guardians. In the meantime, teachers will be able to perform administrative work at nearby Glencoe District High School.
School board officials have promised an update on the progress of the remediation will be issued Wednesday afternoon. Updates will be posted on the school website, Facebook page and on the window near the school’s front door.
Parents will also receive the update on a recorded telephone message.
The Centres for Disease Control notes Cladosporium is a mold that is common in the environment. It is a very rare cause of human illness, but it has been known to cause several different types of infections, including skin, eye, sinus, and brain infections. Cladosporium has also been associated with allergies and asthma.