Thursday, January 16, 2014

Parent Checklist for School Health

Does your child have any of these symptoms?

SMH Parent Checklist for School Health
The Center for School Mold Help

Concentration/Memory problems
Breathing problems
Health improves at home
Bleeding/Irritated sinuses
Fatigue/Extremely tired
Often sick/Long recoveries
Hair Loss
Recent on-set/Worsened asthma 
Skin rashes/Flushing
Learning problems/ADD/ADHD
Sore throats
Trouble sleeping
Sudden allergies
Vision/Hearing problems
Weakness/Sore muscles
Stomach cramps

They can be signs of dangerous, mold-related illnesses

                      Spotting Evidence of Mold Problems in your School

 Outside Issues  
Broken or missing gutters 
Built on swampy or lowland site 
Cracks or mold/algae growth (windows & exterior) 
Improper or inadequate drainage 
Planter boxes or roof gardens 
Portable buildings with no foundation or proper venting 
Roof leaks or older flat roof 
Signs of past flooding 
Sprinklers too close to buildings 
Window leaks, cracked/bubbling paint
White mineral deposits on brick exteriors 

Inside Issues

Damp or musty smells
Evidence of roof or plumbing leaks

Hot and cold rooms
HVAC system: dirty on or near vents
No fresh air or excessive humidity over 60%
Sick students and staff
Stained, missing, or moldy ceiling tiles
Visible mold of any type or damp areas
Water-damaged or stained carpets
Standing water near HVAC intake
Water stains/streaks on walls or baseboards


Asthma afflicts 6.3 million children, at a cost of almost 2 billion (EPA

One-half of our nation’s 115,000 schools have problems linked to indoor air quality (EPA).

Indoor air pollution (including bacteria, molds, and mildew) consistently ranks among the top five environmental risks to public health (EPA).

Children are at risk to develop a variety of upper and lower respiratory and other diseases from moldy or damp indoor environments (IOM, 2004).

Bacteria and fungi can cause allergic responses, non-allergic, toxic, and inflammatory effects (IOM, 2004).

SMH Parent Checklist for School Health
The Center for School Mold Help

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