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Classroom air quality causes concern for Noblesville parents

Posted at 8:47 PM, Aug 22, 2017

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Parents in Noblesville expressed concern after learning the air quality of an elementary school’s classroom trailer tested for high levels of carbon dioxide.

Air quality tests completed in the classroom trailers at Hazel Dell Elementary School were found to not meet the state’s recommendations.

Three parents whose children have class in the trailers, banded together to demand the two 21-year-old trailers be inspected.

“Our motivation is just their health and well-being and I think that's all the motivation we need,” said parent Lisa Duell.

A few days before school started, parent Trisha Werner took photos of the trailer that showed a variety of issues like standing water and external structural issues.

Initially, district officials told parents the buildings were healthy and safe, but the state health department air quality test found carbon dioxide levels inside were too high for students, exceeding state health code recommendations.

In a statement to parents, school officials said in part:

“We were disappointed to learn that our portable classroom CO2 limits exceeded the state's newly recommended levels... while the findings do not pose an imminent safety threat, it's not a standard we feel acceptable given our commitment to health and safety."

Although not required by law, Noblesville Schools hired an outside agency to conduct an inspection, which they said was completed Aug. 9, and a new order of air conditioners were placed. District officials said all recommended repairs were made.

Parents said they have not seen the results of the inspection. 

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