Monday, September 3, 2012

Mold in Your School?


Mold in Your School?

There is a protocol when mold is found in a school building (particularly in a classroom). Rooms #51 & #53 at Jenny Lind Elementary have been closed due to moisture and mold .... But were the parents and local school community made aware? Unfortunately, they were not. The children were sent home ... but no contact was ever made with the parents; they were never informed. How can parents protect and advocate for their children if they are left in the dark on such major issues? It makes you wonder what else might be hidden behind the scenes at JLE and CUSD. 
Jenny Lind Elementary, April 2012

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
Appendix C - Communicating with Building Occupants

Mold in Schools:
Special communication strategies may be desirable if you are treating a mold problem in a school. Teachers, parents, and other locally affected groups should be notified of significant issues as soon as they are identified. Consider holding a special meeting to provide parents with an opportunity to learn about the problem and ask questions of school authorities, particularly if it is necessary/advisable to ensure that the school is vacated during remediation. For more information on investigating and remediating molds in schools, refer to EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit .

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Wouldn't You Want To Know?


Wouldn't you want to know if there were classrooms on your child's elementary school campus that had been closed due to mold and moisture issues? Wouldn't you also want to know if your child had spent time in a classroom that was closed due to mold or severe moisture issues? I think you (as a parent and citizen) would obviously say, yes! You would say "yes" because knowing gives you options and choices; awareness of such an issue is your right as a parent and citizen.

What if I told you that there is such a school in our very own community. The School is Jenny Lind Elementary. Located at 5100 Driver Rd. in Valley Springs California.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Are Schools Really Sacred?

Are Schools Really Sacred?

Yes, I believe they are ....

Schools are Sacred because 

where we find children ....

We can 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

More Maintenance Deferred

Toyon Middle School Gym
See photo link (above Blog Archive) for more photos

Cliff Swallows at Jenny Lind Elementary 
and Toyon Middle Schools

There is a huge risk when maintenance is deferred. Sometimes the outcome is mold and moisture issues in aged portables. Other times, deferred maintenance rises up as a health and safety issue—like the Cliff Swallows nesting in the overhangs at Toyon Middle School and Jenny Lind Elementary.

According to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources website:
Swallows, particularly cliff swallows, Hirundo pyrrhonota, often live in close proximity to people. While enjoyable to watch, cliff swallows nesting in colonies on buildings and other structures can become a nuisance. Their droppings can foul machinery, create aesthetic problems, and cause potential health hazards by contaminating foodstuffs. Their mud nests eventually fall to the ground and can cause similar problems. In addition, swallow nests frequently contain mites and insects such as swallow bugs (Oeciacus vicarius); swallow bugs are related to bed bugs and will bite humans, although humans are not their usual host.

According to the website: United Wildlife Control
Mud, cliff and barn swallows do carry diseases: including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, cryptococcus, and toxoplasmosis. These swallow illnesses are spread by contact with swallow poop, nest materials and dead swallows.

Histoplasmosis is a fungus disease contracted through airborne spores in swallow droppings. If swallows have been on your roof for a while, these spores can even infect the soil you garden in down below. Its symptoms may be anything from a mild influenza to blood abnormalities and fever, or even death. An eye condition has been linked to histoplasmosis and it can lead to blindness in those who contract it.

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that invades human tissue and can severely damage the central nervous system, especially in babies. Pregnant women are in extreme danger if infected with toxoplasmosis.

Swallows carry the bacteria salmonella. People who pick up salmonella bacteria can become seriously ill with diarrhea, vomiting, fever and chills. Salmonella can also affect the blood. Swallow salmonella can be spread through swallow fecal matter.

Encephalitis can lead to fever, headache, vomiting and eventually coma, seizures and paralysis. Encephalitis is brain inflammation caused by a virus.

Cryptococcosis, one of the commonly carried swallow diseases, infects the lungs of humans. It is transmitted by inhaling the yeast-like cells of the organism. Cryptococcosis can also cause acne-like ulcers on the skin.

Resources and Management Options

Cliff Swallow Management—UC Davis
Health and Safety Hazard
Nesting Period

Health Hazard

Netting Used

Management Ideas

Cliff Swallow
Diseases (types)

Sierra, Foothill Cliff Swallows

Monday, May 7, 2012

Role of the County Superintendent of Schools

California County Superintendents of Schools
From Establishment to Current Program Responsibilities
Prepared by Susan K. Burr, Executive Director
September 22, 2010

Williams v. California Settlement

In the fall of 2004, the state settled the Williams v. California lawsuit related to equitable educational opportunities for all students.

Legislation which codified the settlement created new standards for textbook sufficiency, teacher quality, and good repair of facilities for all California public schools.

The settlement also required County Superintendents, as the monitoring agents, to ensure that these new standards were implemented.

While all schools must comply with the requirements of the settlement, County Superintendents are required to annually visit schools performing in the lowest 30% on the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) and prepare quarterly and annual reports to local district governing boards, county boards, and boards of supervisors on compliance with the Williams standards.

In 2009, over 2,100 schools in 48 counties were identified to receive the additional oversight by County Superintendents. (page 3)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

You May also Contact

County Superintendent of Schools
Kathy Northington
Calaveras County Office of Education
185 South Main Street
P.O. Box 760
Angels Camp, California 95221
Phone: (209) 736-4662
Fax: (209) 736-2138

California Senator – District 1
Ted Gaines
3056 State Capitol,
California 95814
Phone:  (916) 651-4001
Fax:  (916) 324-2680
Roseville Office
1700 Eureka Road, Suite 120

Roseville, CA  95661
Phone: (916) 783-8232
Fax:  (916) 783-5487
Jackson Office
33 C Broadway
Jackson, CA  95642
Phone:  (209) 223-9140

California Assembly – District 25
Kristin Olsen

2111 State Capitol
California 95814-0025
Phone:  (916) 319-2025
Fax:  (916) 319-2125

Modesto Office
3719 Tully Road, Suite C
Modesto, CA 95356
Phone: (209) 576-6425
Fax:  (209) 576-6426