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School district releases plan going forward amid mold concerns at St. James Elementary

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) - In a letter sent out Friday to parents by Horry County Schools, the district lays out its plan going forward to ease concerns over mold at St. James Elementary. 

The district says several HEPA air scrubbers will be placed in the school over the weekend beginning Friday afternoon. 

The school will also have the air quality re-tested on Sunday with the results expected within the next 7-10 days. That information, along with the full report, will be shared with parents and staff. 

In the letter, HCS identified the cause of the mold as "roof leaks and wall penetrations of moisture, likely due to driving rains of Hurricane Florence along with a deluge of rain." The district says those leaks have been fixed. 

HCS has been in contact with DHEC throughout the cleaning process. Representatives from OSHA also visited the school January 16 and 17 and no citations were issued. 

The district says that testing did not find any Black Mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) in the school. 


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