Why Have So Many Schools Delayed The Start Of The Year Due To Air Quality?

An AHN allergy specialist explains

Larry Richert and John Shumway
August 29, 2018 - 4:02 pm



Related: Classes Delayed for Some in Pittsburgh Area

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Four Pittsburgh area school districts, Shaler, Plum, Southmoreland and Pine Richland, have delayed classes this week and are taking action because of problems with mold.

Why the problem does seem more severe this year?

One answer is simple according to experts is it’s been a warm, wet, humid summer, a perfect environment for mold inside and out.

Some air conditioning systems may be drawing outside mold into the building, or spores that were allowed to build up in the system itself.

AHN allergist Allison Freeman tells the KDKA Radio Morning News there's also more air quality testing.

“I’m seeing more and more school systems paying attention to an end of summer air quality assessment and I think it’s great.”

Freeman adds that teachers have come up to her for years asking that their classroom’s air quality be tested.

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