Air Quality Testing

  • On, September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence began a three-day impact on Craven County. The very large storm brought historic rains and storm surge which created significant devastation in our community. Damages from the storm included roof leaks at 12 schools, flooding in three schools (H. J. MacDonald Middle School media center and cafeteria, J. T. Barber Auditorium, Grover C. Fields Auditorium) and our school nutrition warehouse, water intrusion into three schools (Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School, Oaks Road Academy, West Craven Middle School), and HVAC system failures in 11 schools. All of these damages were mitigated quickly. However, the damage that we could not take care of quickly was restoring power to our schools. As a result of the loss of power in our buildings for significant periods of time, we had the build up of humidty which created the conditions for microbial growth (also know as mold). We quickly got drying equipment into the schools. However, for some of our buildings the time without power was too great. As a result, and to assure our families that our students are returning to schools that are safe, warm, and inviting for everyone we have begun a process of air quality testing, restoration and remediation of issues that we encounter as result of the results. This page will house our results for this event and hope that it assists in informing parents about the work we have done to restore our schools to normal operation for our children.

Mr. Robert Herrick, CIH

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