Mold Discovery Cancels Classes At Tulsa's Dove Science Academy - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Mold Discovery Cancels Classes At Tulsa's Dove Science Academy

Posted: Updated:
Officials said the mold started from a plumbing leak, but some teachers think the school waited too long to try to fix the problem. Officials said the mold started from a plumbing leak, but some teachers think the school waited too long to try to fix the problem.
Teachers, who don't want to be identified, tipped off News On 6 to the problem and said they have been sickened by exposure to black mold. Teachers, who don't want to be identified, tipped off News On 6 to the problem and said they have been sickened by exposure to black mold.

Tulsa's Dove Science Academy has canceled classes because of mold.

School officials say it started from a plumbing leak, but some teachers aren't buying that.

Teachers, who don't want to be identified, tipped off News On 6 to the problem and said they have been sickened by exposure to black mold.

Fans blast through the halls of the school as restoration crews de-mold the 40-year-old building near East Second Street and South Memorial Drive.

"We had some flooding, so we called in people to inspect for mold on Friday," assistant principal John Franklin said.

Multiple teachers said they've are breaking out in hives and having trouble breathing.

They're blaming it on the mold, and say the school waited too long to try to fix the problem.

"We got the report on Friday and we started repairs on Friday," Franklin said. "They said we didn't have to close the school down, so we didn't until they were going to open up the walls."

Franklin said a plumbing issue caused water damage to two restrooms, a hallway and part of the cafeteria.

An expert said there's one key component that makes mold conditions worse.

"For mold to colonize and grow, it needs to have water," Liberty Occupational Health Management President Rob Thompson said.

Although the plumbing leak happened on Friday, Franklin admits it may not have been the original cause of the mold.

"I think it predates that," he said.

Thompson said it's best to treat mold as soon as it's discovered.

"We don't usually hear about the problem until it gets a little beyond normal," Thompson said. "You try to find out where the source and the origin of the problem is. You fix that, then you can tackle any mold problem that might be present, like remove carpeting, remove wall board, those kinds of things."

Thompson said mold can either have a toxic or allergenic effect on people who are around it.

"We have allergic reaction, which is sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, maybe a sore throat or those kinds of things," he said.

School leaders are waiting on a final air quality report before classes resume.

As many as nine teachers at the academy are reportedly out sick.

The school will not confirm that, but Franklin said quite a few kids have been home sick from flu-related illnesses.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.