The Houston Federation of Teachers on Tuesday released laboratory results analyzing the mold at troubled Key Middle School and HFT officials say it reveals significant health problems at the school.
“HISD publicly accused the teachers and this union of lying about the health hazards present on the campus,” HFT president Gayle Fallon said. “These lab results clearly show the toxic conditions that teachers and students endured for a month.”
HFT representatives collected mold samples from 24 locations on the campus before HISD cleanup measures began.
The samples were sent to an independent laboratory for analysis. HFT officials believe the results present the most accurate picture available of the toxic conditions present in Key Middle School for the month prior to removing students and teachers from the site.
The laboratory report identifies the types of mold present in each location, It also explains the health hazards resulting from exposure to each of the molds present in the building.
HISD officials say independent air quality experts have repeatedly tested Key Middle School and found it to be safe.
Key students and staff members were moved to Fleming Middle School last month while HISD officials said they were planning to conduct an extensive study of the building systems from top to bottom.
Seven janitors originally became sick Sept. 3 after inhaling bleach fumes during routine cleaning at Key. The janitors were treated at a nearby hospital and released. Some parents visiting the school later also became ill and had to go to hospitals.