School system addressing concerns of Tangipahoa Parish teacher after claims that mold in classroom made her sick

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Keytha Quinn

AMITE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Tangipahoa Parish School Board is looking into claims of mold in local schools.

Keytha Quinn teaches at Lucille Nesom Memorial School in Tickfaw.

On Tuesday, September 21, Quinn went in front of the school board and talked about her experience since returning to school after Hurricane Ida.

Quinn can be seen starting at 58:26 below:

A transcript of what the Tangipahoa Parish teacher said is provided below:

“I stand before you as a parent and employee. Post Hurricane Ida our schools received a significant amount of damage, including water. I returned to my classroom in the same condition from 2 weeks prior (missing ceiling tiles, mold, exposed insulation). As the day progressed, I developed a cough and tightness in my chest, I can only imagine how my students felt internally and because of their age didn’t or couldn’t express the change in their bodies.

Prior to tonight’s meeting, I went to Urgent Care for my sudden illness due to the poor air quality in my place of employment. I am now on several medications including a inhaler. I also have a six grader who has pre existing medical conditions who I kept home due to the conditions of the school. I’d rather have my child in school learning and engaging with his peers. Parents want their children in school but safe schools!

I stand before you again as a parent and employee who is suffering due to the lack of cleaning in our schools. I know the protocol is that you all do not give feedback but the severity of the situation requires a public response from you all. By keeping quiet, you are putting a band-aid on a bullet wound. My principal has stated to us that she has sent several emails to the proper authorities (you all) no progress, still two weeks later. My priorities personally have always been God, Family, Work…in that order.

You have mentioned how well equipped and trained the crews are who were sent into our schools, I stand before you to inform you that those crews who were so well equipped failed and they failed terribly!
I applaud your efforts in the recovery process but the safety for myself, my students and my child is TOP PRIORITY.

Thank you.”

Keytha Quinn provided these pictures which show damage from various schools in the parish:

Quinn says that the doctor at Urgent Care concluded that her current condition most likely came from the “exposed insulation that was wet from leaks and the missing ceiling tiles.”

Even with the ongoing efforts of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, Quinn is encouraging teachers in the system to voice their concerns until they are heard.

The Tangipahoa Parish teacher would like everyone to know that she has “been an educator for 9 years, 6 years officially with TPSS. I’m very passionate about my job and my students, their education and safety has always been my top priority. It’s not an easy task but I enjoy the challenges of each day!”

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