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Long Island School Is Latest in Tri-State to Be Exposed to Be Mold

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    Mold Complaints in Long Island School

    A Long Island school is dealing with mold after a summer of high heat and humidity. Greg Cergol reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018)

    What to Know

    • The Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School on Long Island was found to have mold this week, concerning parents and staff

    • Officials insist the school has been cleaned and is safe, but some parents are not convinced, saying their kids have been sick

    • Other schools across the tri-state have been dealing with similar mold problems since the start of the new school year

    Parents and teachers are concerned after mold was discovered in a Long Island school, but officials insist the building is safe after a thorough cleaning. 

    The Connectquot school district confirmed mold was found in classrooms, hallways, the cafeteria and the auditorium inside Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School, blaming it on high temperatures and high levels of humidity this summer. 

    Some parents believe their children have gotten sick from exposure to the mold. Theresa Dieso says her 12-year-old daughter Renee was diagnosed Wednesday with a mild case of asthma, and she believes the symptoms are indicative of being around mold. 

    Chris Johnson's eighth-grade son has also been feeling ill: "Recently, he came home and he started having breathing issues -- coughing, wheezing -- which he never had before," said Johnson.

    Mold Forces Evacuation, School to Close in Yonkers

    [NY] Mold Forces Evacuation, School to Close in Yonkers

    Yonkers school officials are scrambling to figure out where to put students of Paideia School 15 after mold tests came back positive. Wale Aliyu reports.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 24, 2018)

    And the teachers' union president said some of his colleagues are suffering as well. 

    In a letter to parents, the superintendent said crews have been cleaning the mold, and air scrubbers and dehumidifiers have been brought in. Some areas of the school were even placed off limits. The superintendent insisted the building is safe. 

    But Dieso says the school should be closed and cleaned completely. In the meantime, she's moving her daughter to another school. It's unclear if other parents will try to follow suit. 

    Mold and Toxic Gas Found in Dozens of NJ Schools

    [NY] Mold and Toxic Gas Found in Dozens of NJ Schools

    Some school officials in New Jersey are scrambling after mold forced schools to shut down and relocate, and now there's concern over toxic gas. Brian Thompson reports.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 14, 2018)

    "You shouldn't have to worry about the safety of your kids when they go to school," she said. 

    For now, the district says it will continue to clean up the building and communicate with parents on what's happening inside.

    Other schools across the tri-state have been dealing with similar discoveries of mold since the start of the new school year.

    Mold Forces Students Out of New School Dorm

    [NY] Mold Forces Students Out of New School Dorm

    A mold problem has forced The New School to move more than 100 residents out of a dormitory in Manhattan, according to an email sent out by the university. Ken Buffa reports.

    (Published Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018)

    In Yonkers, Paideia School 15 was closed for two days this week when mold was discovered, and students were to be sent to another building for classes afterward. Dozens of schools across New Jersey also found mold and toxic gas earlier in the month, forcing them to shut down and relocate.

    And in New York City, a college dorm building belonging to New School had to be evacuated when mold was found. 

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