Mold cleanup underway at Montevallo Elementary

Mold cleanup underway at Montevallo Elementary

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SERVPRO crews are cleaning classrooms and air vents at Montevallo Elementary that may have mold. Source: WBRC video SERVPRO crews are cleaning classrooms and air vents at Montevallo Elementary that may have mold. Source: WBRC video
SERVPRO cleaning vehicles at the school. Source: WBRC video SERVPRO cleaning vehicles at the school. Source: WBRC video
Five portable classrooms have been brought in for students while their permanent classrooms are being cleaned. Source: WBRC video Five portable classrooms have been brought in for students while their permanent classrooms are being cleaned. Source: WBRC video
Cindy Warner, the spokesperson for the Shelby County School System, says the school will do whatever it takes to keep students safe. Source: WBRC video Cindy Warner, the spokesperson for the Shelby County School System, says the school will do whatever it takes to keep students safe. Source: WBRC video
MONTEVALLO, AL -

Montevallo Elementary is getting five portable classrooms Friday after mold was found inside the school. The students will move into the portable classrooms starting Monday.

Cindy Warner, a spokesperson for the Shelby County School System, says they received an air quality report yesterday which showed there was mold in one 5th grade classroom.

The classroom reportedly contains Stachybotrys mold spores, which are caused by moisture. This room needs additional cleanup and four nearby rooms are being relocated as a precaution and because of their proximity to the affected classroom.

While mold can cause health issues, like upper respiratory problems, school officials say this type of spore typically causes no health issues. They believe it is likely the result of doors and windows left open to the elements.

SERVPRO cleanup crews have started cleaning up the classrooms and air vents in the affected areas of the school.

Warner says she doesn't know how long the students will be in the portables and she says the school system will do whatever it takes to make sure students are safe.

"I'm not sure the cost but that's not an issue right now. We're gonna do whatever it takes to get the situation resolved and make sure our kids are in a safe environment and that their instruction is not impacted," Warnder said.

Parents have also posted on Facebook about snakes at the school. Warner says one snake did make it into the building.

The school has called pest control and they are working to make sure no other rodents or animals make it inside again.

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