David Starr Jordan Middle School’s main office remains closed several months after the school’s roof was replaced, due to employees at the school site still able to detect lingering fumes.
Concerns about the fumes among employees began after school started in August, not long after Jordan’s roof was replaced using Measure S bond funds.
By mid-October, English teacher Dana Rangle had relocated to another classroom after feeling numbness in her tongue and lips and a burning sensation in her lungs and throat.
When school officials tested the air quality last fall, results on 93 chemicals came back negative or within permissible levels outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, officials said.
“We have longitudinal data that shows that the Jordan work areas are safe,” said Colleen Patterson, interim assistant superintendent for Burbank Unified, in an email. “That being said, we thought that the scent would dissipate over winter break and yet some of us can still smell lingering traces.”