Temperature control—i.e. keeping temperatures low at 60 degrees—is not the healthiest way to keep down mold.
Emily C. Watkins Elementary School in LaPlace is keeping the thermostat at 60 to reduce humidity.
Reduced humidity does help prevent mold, but the temperature is a problem. And it takes more than temperature to control mold. The location of the mold should be located; it should be isolated and removed.
The HVAC unit is currently spreading mold spores throughout the school. The surface mildew that has been discussed in local meetings may only be part of the problem. The school should certainly be professionally inspected, especially as parents indicate there are students who are coming home from school sick, and developing allergies due to the mold. The fact that they have set a timeline pushing repairs into next year is unfortunate, because it addresses the health of all of the students, teachers and other workers and support staff of Emily C. Watkins Elementary as if it were a matter of insignificance rather than a priority.
If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.