TOXIC D96 SCHOOL AIR?
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| WL 7th grader cannot enter school without immediately developing headache, dizziness, chest pain | Current CM 5th grader experienced acute respiratory distress and pain in music class | 2 Previous WL mothers shared with us their kids developed mold allergies while attending WL | Father shares with us his current CM 1st and 5th graders have suddenly develop severe mold allergies | Current CM 7th grader with mold allergies comes home worse from school than when he leaves in the morning, even with allergy medicine | Please share with us your stories.
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CLEAN AIR FOR KIDZ
Invisible toxins hurting our kids?
October 2019, my son, Isaac 5th grader at the time, was at a swim club meet in Stevenson High School when he went into shock and was hospitalized. When he started going back to school at Country Meadows Elementary School, he would enter in good health, but as the school day progressed, he had to be picked up and wheelchaired home. Several times he had seizures in class. This repeated many times until we decided to just keep him home due to his deteriorating health.
He suffered 2 years of debilitating symptoms. It was horrible. We found out he has a weakened immune system due to lyme disease that makes him very susceptible to mold/mycotoxins. We made sure that our home was safe, and he became healthy again. However, he still can’t be exposed to mold/mycotoxins or his health will deteriorate rapidly.
Today, he cannot enter Woodlawn Middle School (7th grade) without getting sick within minutes to seconds. As soon as he leaves, he gets better. Yet, he can be in our house, other indoor public places, and of course outside without getting sick.
Despite the growing number of reports of schools having mold/mycotoxins problems, there are no safe limits established for school indoor air mold/mycotoxin levels.
Up to 25% of the population has a genetic pre-disposition that makes them more susceptible to mold illness. (Source: https://realtimelab.com/mold-statistics/)
Mycotoxins are well documented for their toxic effects on the human cell, causing a number of problems in normal cell function and association with a wide variety of clinical symptoms and diseases, including Immune Suppression, Neurotoxicity (Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia,) Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and more.
Isaac needs your help to get clean indoor school air, so he can return to school in an environment that is safe for him. While many people can deal with more mold/mycotoxin exposure than others, due to Isaac’s weakened immune system, any exposure can be devastating to his health.
Just the same as adding air quality controls for students with asthma, I am asking for the school to perform mold/mycotoxin level testing and/or do what is necessary to upgrade their air quality so my son can attend school.
I started asking June 17, 2021 and as of today, the school has not provided me any specific actionable air quality control plan to ensure his disability accommodations for a safe environment are met: an environment free of mold and mycotoxins, particularly the air he breathes. On September 9, they notified me that they are performing an air quality assessment. On October 6 at a 504 meeting, they rejected my idea to put portable UV HEPA filters in his classrooms to see if that would help to make it safe for Isaac to attend school. With no safe accommodations at school, Isaac cannot attend school in person. They continue to say they are investigating the concern, and have informed me they are working with an environmental consultant to perform an air quality assessment with testing that includes mold. At this point, I am not aware of any air quality system upgrades performed or planned.
The school is providing my son core class remote access via zoom.
Contrastingly, D102 district, with student with a similar condition, immediately once being notified of the student's health condition got building services involved and tested every room that she’s in throughout the day, purchased a HEPA air purifier for her classroom, and upgraded all of the school's furnace filters to the highest grade for air quality. They also assured the family that they would do this every year while the student is in the district.
Please help make school safe for him:
Share our site to raise awareness and support, particularly with parents of children with mold allergies, asthma, auto-immune conditions, weakened immune system or other air quality related health conditions.
Contact the Julie Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org, D96 Dir. Ed Services, Amy Gluck, email@example.com, Principal Grana, firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or the Illinois State Board of Education https://apps.isbe.net/ContactIsbe/):
"To whom it may concern, I am worried about the health children attending Woodlawn Middle School D96. I have learned of a mold sensitive student is not able to enter the school without getting sick. Why is this? Should I be concerned about the safety of other children? What is the air quality of the school, specifically mold and mycotoxin levels? When will mold and mycotoxin testing results be completed? Why can’t you just take immediate action like D102 and make necessary HVAC upgrades and add HEPA filters to make it safe for this student?
Write your congressman and/or call the Illinois Department of Health 217-782-5830. Demand safe air for kids. Demand mold and mycotoxin safe limits and mandatory testing for schools.
State Representative Chris Bos
92 E. Main Street
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
State Senator Dan McConchie
325 N. Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Thank you for your support, D96 and D125 parents Patrick and Soo Lee
What We Believe In
SCHOOL INDOOR AIR MUST HAVE SAFE LIMITS OF MOLD AND MYCOTOXINS OR BE COMPLETELY FREE OF THEM.
Let's stop mold from being a possible contributing cause of our children's suffering: allergies, asthma, anxiety, ADHD, depression, migraines, seizures, suicide, etc.
We are working with State Representative Chris Bos to draft/sponsor a bill that will set mold / mycotoxin limit and testing requirements for indoor school air. Stay tuned.
Ensuring that All Voices are Heard
Advocacy is an essential pillar of our Protest Movement. There is strength in numbers, and we work to inform and encourage others to take a stand for what they believe in. If you suspect at all that your child is impaired in anyway from exposure to mold or mycotoxins and don't feel you're child is safe at school and/or you want to help fight for clean air for kids, please contact me. Did your child develop certain conditions only after starting school at D96, do they seem okay at home, but struggle while at school or struggle more starting mid week after a few days of spending all day inside school? Join as a member, share your story in the forum, contact me directly. This website is starting with D96, but next is D125, D214, and then then all schools in the state of Illinois, including colleges and their dormitories. Our kids have a right to clean air free of mold and mycotoxins.