Mold in schools has parents worried about their children's safety

A problem plaguing local schools has parents questioning their children's safety.

Maintenance crews are still bringing in heavy equipment to clean up the potentially dangerous conditions that shut down John B. Kelly Elementary. Mold was found in 10 classrooms and a dozen other locations in the building. The school is closed at least until Monday.

Kelly is the 4th area school this week where mold was found inside.The libraries at Penn State Berks County and Cheltenham High School were shut down. Earlier this week, mold closed Holly Glen Elementary in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

Doctor John Bossa with the University of Pennsylvania Hospital says recent wet, warm humid weather combined with aging facilities are a perfect recipe for mold. He actually says most children are tolerant; but longer term exposure and those with respiratory problems could put be at risk.

The School District of Philadelphia says engineers check every school for mold twice a year. In this case, no students or teachers reported to be sick.

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"I don't know of any other schools that have this issue. As far as we know, this is an isolated issue at John B. Kelly," spokesperson for the Philadelphia School District Lee Whack said.

At Kelly work will continue through the weekend. The district says it will not reopen until the entire school is mold free. The district will provide an update as to when that will happen for parents around 5 p.m. Sunday evening.