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Mold outbreak threatens Peachtree City school

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (WXIA) -- A mold outbreak at a Peachtree City elementary school has parents worried, and school leaders racing to clean the classrooms and ease fears.

Parents had the chance to get answers firsthand from the staff on .Monday night at Huddleston Elementary

The school explained the HVAC system in the hallways connected the Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade hallways caused the outbreak. Ten rooms are affected. Seven are classrooms. Others are work rooms and lounged.

The cafeteria turned in to a town hall as parents asked questions for three hours on Monday. School leaders explained their battle plan against a mold outbreak while students continue to attend school.

The school aims to clean the school, remove the mold and control the humidity. Longterm, a new HVAC system will be installed. That won't happen until the end of the school year.

To parents, it can't come soon enough.

"This has to be cleaned immediately and I think they're working toward that," said parent Paul Bierman.

However the mere thought of mold at school leaves parents questioning those back to school sniffles and sneezes.

"I am a little concerned about the health of my child. She has been complaining of headaches on and off coming home from school," said Mary Mullins.

According to Deputy Superintendent Sam Sweat absence rates are normal, similar here to other schools. However half a dozen teachers have been affected.

"We have had teachers file workers comp claims. They've had upper respiratory issues," he said.

What's most alarming to these parents is the timeline.

"Why were we not notified sooner?" asked Mullis.

Sweat said the school system discovered the problem before open house at the beginning of the year, but it didn't reveal the problem to parents at the time.

"Because when we started the testing we did not know how pervasive it was, and we wanted to see how the tests came back," Sweat explained.