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School tests negative for black mold
A classroom at Nashville Elementary was evaluated for black mold last week.

According to Ashley Simmons, Chief Public Information Officer for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, the school system received a report asking to look into the possibility of black mold growing on glue sticks in one of the classrooms at Nashville Elementary.

Simmons said staff from the Environmental Services Department inspected the school and found no indication of black mold. However, air samples were taken and sent to an independent lab for testing.

Simmons said the sample tested negative.

To remediate any possible opportunities for such growth, Simmons said an ozone machine was  used to clean the air in the classroom. Once the classroom was clean, a chlorinated scent was left in the classroom and students were relocated to another room to allow the smell the dissipate.

Simmons said during this time, custodial staff thoroughly cleaned the classroom.

“Once the smell was completely remediated and the classroom deodorized, students were allowed to return to the classroom,” Simmons said in a statement. “They were out of the classroom for two days.”

There were reports of numerous absences due to the smell but Simmons said school officials could not confirm that. Simmons said absences appeared to be normal for this time of year. Simmons also could not confirm that any tests or other activities were cancelled due to the smell from the room being cleaned.

Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said the school system took all reports seriously.

“Whenever we receive reports of potential threats to our school environments, we take them seriously by immediately responding and implementing corrective procedures,” Jackson said.

Simmons said the Operations Department was reviewing its practices and will incorporate changes in the future to include better communication  with parents should something like this occur again.

“A task force representing health services, maintenance, parents and school administration will work to review our current procedures and make recommendations for improvements,” Simmons said.

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