Springville Dismisses Early Due to Mold, No Classes Friday

by Mike Wagner, KCRG-TV9

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SPRINGVILLE, Iowa — Officials with the Springville Community School District released students Thursday at 1:00pm.

A secretary with the superintendent’s office says the early release is due to issues with mold. The superintendent was not readily available to clarify how bad the mold problem is, which school or schools are affected and how long it would take to clean it all up.

The district is canceling classes for Friday as well. However, the football games in the evening will continue as scheduled.

Special cleaning crews have been on scene all day trying to figure out what kind of mold, where its coming from and how much is here.

Springville's superintendent says teachers found some mold growing in a few classrooms, the second day of class this year. They closed the schools in part, because so many other schools around eastern Iowa have been dealing with mold.

Class could resume on Monday in Springville.

The health department says mold affects everyone differently, some people are allergic, others have no reaction. There are no rules regulating mold growth in buildings.

While there are many causes, health officials suspect the wet summer we've had is playing a big role.

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