Pinellas Head Start delays return to school due to mold concerns

Pinellas County

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Lutheran Head Start Services in Pinellas County is delaying the return to school for students to address possible mold concerns at 11 of its 23 centers.

The centers include:

  • Clearwater Center 
  • Connie L Marmaro 
  • Dunedin Center
  • Friendship Center 
  • Good Samaritan Center
  • Gulley Center
  • High Point Center
  • Jordan Park Center 
  • Los Caminos
  • Rainbow Center
  • Tarpon Springs Center

“We’re talking mostly here and there.” Chief of Staff for Lutheran Head Start Services, Amelia Fox said. Most of the centers have some small spots of mold typically under kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, near air conditioning, Closets, that type thing.”

Lutheran Head Start Services says parents and families were notified regarding the mold concerns and approximately 700 students have been affected.

Lutheran Head Start says they plan to reopen some centers starting the week of Jan. 13 as well as host a parent meeting following the reopening of the centers.

“This all came up over the holidays and we really wanted to make sure we understood exactly what we’re dealing with so continuing testing over the next few days, and based on that testing we’ll do the remediation next week,” Fox said.

If this lasts longer than one week, Lutheran Head Start says they will implement home-based options and are seeking additional options for children to attend school.

“We’re working hard on that to try to really find any alternatives we can for the students to help continue, make sure they continue to get educated and also help to ease the burden on the families,” Fox said.

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