Parents Question Secrecy Behind Results from Cayon High School’s Mold Test.

Teachers outside Cayon High School.
Teachers refusing to enter the compound of Cayon High School.

Several concerned parents with children attending the mold-infested Cayon High School are questioning the withholding of the test results from Miami, Florida, by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon Shawn Richards.
The parents are also questioning the need for further tests by the Bureau of Standards next week when the results of the Miami tests are being kept from the teachers, parents and guardians who have children attending the Cayon High School.
According to Cayon High School principal, Francil Morris, the results of the mold test were received on Tuesday.
“An analysis of the results was done and a report handed to the Ministry of Education on Wednesday afternoon. My office is not in possession of the results,” Morris disclosed in a circular obtained by some parents.
Morris informed teachers that the “Bureau of Standards is expected to retest the entire compound next week Monday (September 9, 2019).
“Why withhold the results of the tests from us the parents and the teachers,” a parent said Saturday.
A parent said the mold issue at the Cayon High School “is a political issue, just like Minister Richards and his Team Unity, colleagues did with the BHS in town.”
“The Cayon High School mold issue is not only a political issue, but also a community issue for all residents of Cayon and its surroundings. The Cayon High School mold issue is also a national issue and the country should be given information at all times,” said a parent who requested anonymity for fear that she and her children would be victimized.
“I have two children attend the Cayon High School and have two others employed in the government service,” she said.
On Monday 26, August, several teachers refused to go on the compound of the school to attend a meeting and demanded to know the results of the tests that were carried out only the week before, despite the long summer break.
The teachers in a sign of protest, stayed outside in shaded areas or under umbrellas, although a small number went in for the staff meeting in preparation for the official opening of the new school year on September 2nd.
Several teachers have tested positive for high levels of mold in their bloodstream, way above the acceptable limit of two percent.
In May this year, teachers at the Cayon High School signed a petition to force the government to take swift action in relation to the unhealthy situation at the educational institution.
The existence of mold and other health concerns at the Cayon High School had been known by government officials since March of this year when positive results of tests became known after several teachers began experiencing illnesses but no action was taken by the appropriate authorities.
“Nothing was done during the long summer break. To wait until last week to carry out the tests and then want us to go into the buildings even before we are told of the test results is not only unconscionable but an abuse of our human rights to healthy working conditions and a healthy working environment,” a teacher said on Monday afternoon. The teacher spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization by the authorities.
“We are human beings. And what about the hundreds of children who could be affected and are affected, but nothing is being said to their parents and guardians,” another teacher said.
“In spite of all that transpired in March and May, we teachers are still being kept in the dark by the minister and his ministry,” a third teacher said.

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