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Howard County parents not properly told about mold problem

I am extremely upset by Howard County Public Schools spokeswoman Rebecca Amani-Dove's recent letter to the editor claiming that the school system's chief facilities officer communicated with the PTSA executive board about mold at Glenwood Middle School ("Untrue that mold investigation was kept a secret," Aug. 12).

I was on the PTSA executive board at the time and I did not know about mold in GMS classrooms until a staff member informed me of the problem in June. That staff member also told me that two staff members already had filed lawsuits because of their exposure to the mold.

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This was news to me even though I was on the PTSA executive board . I immediately contacted the principal, vice principal and the incoming principal to find out whether the information was correct, but I have yet to receive a reply from any of them.

Whatever means Ms. Amani-Dove used to communicate the school's mold problem to parents was insufficient. If she had communicated clearly with parents, why did the staff repeatedly ask for parents to be notified?

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Ms. Amani-Dove claims the school system informs parents "when there is evidence that health and well-being could be compromised." Although three staff members notified HCPSS that they believed their health and well-being were compromised because of mold in the school, the school system failed to notify parents that their children's health and well-being might also be compromised.

Ms. Amani-Dove should provide the GMS community with all the records that were used to reach the conclusion that there was no evidence of a mold-related health risk at the school.

Alicia Buxton

The writer is an outgoing delegate to the Parent Teacher Association Council of Howard County at Glenwood Middle School.

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