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Follow-up communication with SCA since PTA Meeting

Posted by: admin on: April 28, 2012


H&S Committee has sent several emails to Lorraine Grillo asking for follow-up actions and clarifications on various questions. They are reprinted below followed by the responses we have gotten so far.


Good afternoon, Lorraine and Yvette,

The committee is in the midst of putting together a follow up document to be shared with the SCA.  Our first priority is to pull together information for parents before the weekend in the form of an eblast and post on our website.  In doing so we consulted the proposed abatement schedule Melanie received from you last night.  In reading the timeline, the schedule of rooms appears to run as follows:

  • April 27-28 - 4th floor – staircase 2, rooms 404, 402, 400
  • April 30-May 1 – 3rd floor – staircase 2 and rooms 302, 300
  • May 2 – May 4 – 2nd floor – staircase 2 and rooms 203, 202, 200

While we are not currently in the building, we are sure that many of these rooms have multiple windows. In fact, 203 is the room you were in last night (the one most effected by the dust) and that corner room alone has multiple windows if you recall.  Would it be fair to say that “windows” is then the wrong terminology because some are connected and don’t have caulking all the way around?  Should we be thinking of it in terms of “openings” rather than “windows?” Because if it is windows than the schedule above is unrealistic.

We contacted George directly who told us he is not responsible for scheduling and directed us to you.

Parents are waiting to hear if their child’s classroom will be worked on next week and we have a responsibility to answer them before the weekend. It is already nearing the end of the school day so if you could please clarify asap it would be appreciated.

Best, PS29 Health and Safety

EMAIL TO LORRAINE GRILLO FROM H&S CMTE,  Friday, April 27, 2012 3:44 PM


We again thank you and your team for your time last night.

We feel that we made some progress but there remains much to do.  We would like to start with some of the most important matters that require follow up and would appreciate your response as soon as possible so that we may begin to collaborate in a way that is satisfactory to us all.

Please provide us with:

1. The name and number of the Project Co-ordinator they have assigned and confirmation that they will be on site this evening.

2. A full list of roles and responsibilities the Project Co-ordinator will have.

3. A full or regular abatement schedule. We have an abatement schedule that has only eight classrooms listed, to be abated next week only.  According to George Taylor there are 92 windows in the plan. When will we get the schedule for these? If the plan is weekly, please provide new schedule to committee by Wednesday of the preceding week so we can tell parents in advance.

4. Who and how exactly will they get the all clear to us on Saturday morning and every morning going forward? A fax, as was mentioned, won’t work – unless someone is sitting at a fax machine at all times it’s ineffective.  Perhaps a scan of the report emailed to Melanie and one back up email address in case she is unavailable to disseminate information.

We need written confirmation:

  • of ALL precautions that will be taken before, during, and after abatement
  • of the asbestos abatement process in laymen’s terms
  • that when Taylor works on an abating an opening they will cover all openings of that room and the a/c even if they are on another side of the building (for example in the case of a corner room)
  • there will be no raking work until July 2
  • all asbestos is non-friable
  • we have permission for the UFT employed industrial hygienist (an SCA approved monitor)

We would also like to request that our weekly meetings take place on Thursdays at 9am, beginning this Thursday, May 3.

Best, PS29 Health and Safety

LORRAINE GRILLO’S RESPONSE on April 27, 2012 4:09:26 PM:

 I’d like to thank the members of the committee for your patience.  I agree that last night was just the beginning of an open dialogue and I truly believe we will get through this and you will gain confidence in the SCA, our contractor and the quality of work that we do.

We will work to answer all of these questions and have just met this afternoon to put together the written responses to your original questions and to provide the requested contracts etc.  You should have that early next week.  Regarding the weekly meetings, I’ve copied some members of our team to check their availability or to arrange a  designee for regular attendance at the Thursday morning meetings. I’m also asking Alex to check on the Lab’s ability to scan the reoccupancy letter and email it to the principal and one other parent.  We will let you know asap.

Have a great weekend and again thanks for hosting us.

 LORRAINE GRILLO’S RESPONSE, Friday, April 27, 2012 4:17:19 PM 

I just found out we will be able to scan the letter from the lab and email it the principal and whoever the additional person that you designate. Let me know who that is. Thanks

 EMAIL TO LORRAINE GRILLO, Saturday, Apr 28 09:20:12 2012

Good morning Lorraine,

Please email the additional ‘All Clear’ Letter to the Health and Safety Committee email.

Many thanks PS29 Health and Safety

 LORRAINE GRILLO’S RESPONSE, April 28, 2012 9:22:04 AM  

Will do

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