Doctor weighs in on mold issues in schools


Forget snow days. There have been a number of mold delays in several Midstate school districts this year. 

Mold has been found in schools in Adams, Dauphin, Lancaster, and York counties.

“Children that are maybe at higher risk for mold problems are kids who have asthma or have sinus problems,” said Dr. Tom Raff, the associate director of Urgent Care for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. “The mold tends to bother them.”

Raff said parents concerned about mold issues in their children’s schools can’t do much to protect them while they are in the classroom. Instead, he suggested that parents monitor their children when they get home.

“If your child comes home and they are wheezing, then you have to think what could they have been exposed to that triggered this,” Raff said. “It may have been mold in the school, it may have been mold outside of the school.”

Raff said in extreme cases, mold issues can lead to infections.

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