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Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent of Schools
Educating All Students For Success

February 25, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,
As part of our continued partnership, we want to update you about a recent health-related concern at
Sarah Zumwalt Middle School.
Recently, we have begun to address isolated cases of mold identified in one office and three
classrooms this week. We immediately placed students and staff members from those areas in other
classrooms. We are working with the districts maintenance and nursing teams to begin resolving this
event. Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following preventative steps to keep students
and staff members safe:

Testing of the school for other potential cases of mold has begun. The results will be
available next week. We will also follow state-approved procedures to remove the present
mold as soon as possible.

Protecting students and staff by isolating any area with mold and performing an
intensive daily cleaning of other areas.

Encouraging any student or staff member with a health concern to visit our nurse. A
nurse has been added to the Zumwalt team and will be supported by the Dallas ISD Health
Services staff. We also will encourage teachers to monitor student health; we encourage you
to share health concerns with our office or your personal physician.

Working to complete repairs of areas where water has entered the building, as well as
draining areas of standing water near the portables. Those repairs will be completed as
soon as possible.

We will provide a brief update on Friday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., at the school. At that time, you
will be able to submit questions via comment card and we will briefly answer general questions. If we
are unable to answer a question in the allotted time, answers will be posted at within 24 hours. The site will also contain a link where you may
submit questions.
Thank you for your continued support of Sarah Zumwalt Middle School. If you have any questions,
please do not hesitate to call my office at 972-749-3600.

Troy Tyson
Sarah Zumwalt Middle School

3700 Ross Ave.

Dallas, TX 75204
(972) 925-3700