Students return to Peoria elementary school despite mold

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Students are Terramar Elementary School are returning to campus after being relocated for several days because of concerns about mold in the classrooms.

A Peoria elementary school announced Saturday that two classrooms have been closed off due to possible mold but that it is safe for students to return to campus.

A community meeting was held at Terramar School near 70th Avenue and Happy Valley Road on Friday to examine test results and discuss a plan of action.

Parents are concerned storm water is seeping into school buildings through leaks and causing mold.

The Deer Valley Unified School District originally said test results came back negative for mold, but district officials agreed to do more testing after a parent took her own samples from a classroom wall and came back with positive results.

A statement from the school principal and district superintendent posted on Terramar's website Saturday said a substance that appears to be mold was found under the baseboards in the music room.

According to the statement, air quality tests showed acceptable results in all classrooms except the band room, where tests indicated a high spore count.

Officials said the band and music rooms will remain closed off and unoccupied until remediation is complete and good air quality results are obtained.

Additional test results from carpet and wall samples are expected to be available Sept. 24.

School and district officials said they feel confident it is safe for students to return to Terramar. The district moved classes to a church across the street after nearly 200 students stayed home from school.

"I'm concerned about mold and the environment, if it's safe for my kids to be in there learning and breathing," said parent Dex Nolan. "I want to be more reassured that my kids are in a safe environment."

The district said parents are welcome to tour classrooms starting Monday morning.

School and district officials have also promised to repair problem areas and conduct regular air quality tests.

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