Wapsi Valley awaits test results after mold found in schools

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EASTERN IOWA (KCRG) - Wapsi Valley Community School District has closed again today after mold spots were found in some of their buildings.

The school says they are currently waiting for test results from the lab on their air quality and mold samples.

"We will be doing everything possible to assure that our staff and students have a safe environment to return to," the district said.

The samples were sent via FedEx overnight expedite, but the lab says they haven't received them yet today.

In a letter sent home to parents, Wapsi Valley said their issues with mold began in August when spots of mold were found in Fairbank and Readlyn elementary buildings.

The district told parents in the letter they had cleaned up the mold and believed they were isolated incidents.

However, a discovery of a larger issue with the heating and cooling system was found to be the cause of the mold, which was causing more issues.

The problems caused the school to be closed on Tuesday.

"We are working with air quality experts, HVAC Contractors, and cleaning specialists to develop a course of action that will assure student and staff safety," Wapsie Valley Superintendent Jim Stanton said Tuesday.