Nassau, The Bahamas - The Ministry
of Education, regards the safety and health of our administrators, teachers and
students in the schools on Inagua as priority.
Following concerns that were expressed by parents regarding
mold being in the school buildings, the Ministry invited Mrs. Melanie Roach,
former Director of Public Works and Mr. Anthony Ryan, Senior Laboratory Analyst
at the Department for Environmental health, to conduct an independent
assessment of the school.
Mr. Ryan inspected the areas that were of concern to the
parents which were:
- Grade 6 classroom of the Primary
- Hall of the Primary School
- Classrooms 1 through 4 of the Senior School.
No visible signs of mold in the indoor environment of the
Secondly, Mr. Ryan checked for the presence of toxible and
combustible gas and found nothing.
He also checked the oxygen and air levels, as well as the
relative humidity level according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards recommended
and found nothing remarkable in the buildings.
Mr. Lambert knowles who is a structural engineer also
inspected the buildings and deemed them safe for occupancy. The buildings are
safe and have been cleared for use. He recommends that a tarp be put on the
roof, and repairs will be completed as soon as possible.
Based on these reports, the Ministry wishes to announce that
the school in Inagua will reopen for all students on Tuesday 23rd, September
2008. District Superintendent Lewis will be holding a meeting along with Mr.
Ryan at the school at 7:00 p.m. this evening so that concerns for the community
may be addressed.