Air quality testing wraps up at Lakewood Elementary

- The Dallas school district says air quality tests at Lakewood Elementary over the weekend found no problems.

This is the same campus that was shut down for two days last year after the discovery of high levels of carbon monoxide. Administrators ordered new tests because some students reported feeling sick last week.

Gretchen Darby said her daughter Presley is one of the students who haven’t been feeling well. The first grader’s symptoms include headaches and stomach aches.

“Just very tired, not wanting to do as many activities. A little bit more lethargic than usual,” he mother said.

Darby said some of Presley's classmates have dealt with the same symptoms recently. She said it’s a nerve wrecking scenario following what happened at Lakewood Elementary just over a year ago.

Dozens of kids got sick and 800 students were evacuated after high levels of carbon monoxide were discovered at the school and traced to the school’s aging boiler.

A dead owl in the ventilation system added to the problem and the campus was shut down for two days while improvements were made, including the installation of CO monitors and sensors.

“In addition to the installation of a professional-grade carbon monoxide monitor during the previous school year, the district will dispatch personnel today as well as deploying data loggers to monitor conditions at the school,” the Dallas Independent School District said in a statement.

Darby said she appreciates that Dallas ISD is continuing to monitor the school, but said the unknown is frustrating.

“Our kids’ safety is just the most important thing. And I want to make sure if I allow my daughter to go to school on Monday, it's going to be a safe environment,” she said.

The district said air quality monitoring will continue Monday morning and school will go on as scheduled.

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