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Penn High School swimming pool results are in


Swim team parents at Penn High School came to FOX28 with concerns about air quality at the Penn High School pool. The district did some testing, and the results are in. A private company, Grauvogel and Associates out of Granger, was brought in to test the air quality at Penn's pool. The company says parents and swimmers can breath a sigh of relief.

Thomas Hartman is the Director of Facilities for Penn-Harris-Madison school district. He says, "We had the industrial hygienist come in and take air quality samples.The air quality is very good in here. We looked at the air flow, and we had adequate air flow." The district says tests were taken in response to a parent who complained that poor air may have caused her child to suffer an asthma attack.

Dr. Denise Seger, Associate Superintendent of PHM schools says, "We actually had one mother that communicated a concern, and we immediately responded to her. " Samples were taken from vents, three stories up from the schools pool. Those vents were thought to be the root of the problem. A 26 page report put together by Grauvogel and Associates says:

"Based on the findings and the observations made on the day of the survey, it can be concluded that from the standpoint of mold and fungal spores, the indoor air quality was equal to or better than that outdoors and that there were no indications of unusual mold growth or unusually high numbers of airborne mold spores inside the pool area or its ventilation system. With the indoor air quality found, it is very unlikely that it contributed to the reported asthma episode."

Penn High School also had the health department inspect the water in the pool. The results showed the chemicals were off balance.

Dr. Seger commented: "We did have some tests done. We also had chemical tests checked. We were able to correct that immediately. The pool was considered safe, and we had it reopened, and it's been operating ever since." Penn High school ensures the safety of it's swimmers and has chemical tests done to the pool daily.

Dr. Seger adds, "We take safety as a top priority. We make sure that we are able to provide a safe environment both for learning and for our community as they visit for athletic events in our pool, or participating in other extra curricular events in the pool." The district hopes this report... and their personal reassurances will put parents minds at ease.

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