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MAY 10, 2012 UPDATE – RECAP OF SCA AND SCHOOL MTG.

Posted by: admin on: May 12, 2012

THE LETTER BELOW WAS SENT TO YVETTE KNIGHT (SCA PROJECT MANAGER) ON MAY 10, 2012 AS A RECAP OF THE SCA MEETING HELD WITH THE SCHOOL THAT SAME DAY.

Yvette, 

Thank you for the documents describing the terms.  It is quite an education.  We hope that going forward you will provide them to other parents before work begins. Having a better understanding from the get go could have started the relationship off a bit differently.  I do know of private schools that have gone through similar construction processes and the parents were walked through the scope of work in advance and it gave them a great deal of comfort in knowing what was ahead. 

You are correct, we do already have the entire schedule and it was posted on the website on May 1st after you gave it to us. Our apologies. Naturally, with all the documents that we read through and receive then post occasionally we are confused by what we’ve asked for and received. It has been there all along for everyone to see. As for the two – week look ahead, hopefully next week’s will be more clear and we can avoid another round of surprises. 

Today there was a lot of hosing going on after school hours. Thank you for passing on our concerns; the crew responded with action.

Regarding the flashing removal/tar patching to begin this weekend – to confirm there will be two checks for residual fumes in the building after roofing is completed at night:  one check at midnight and one at 6am. These checks will be performed by an individual who has not been desensitized from the possible off-gas of the tar.  Should there be an issue, SCA/AE will use mechanical means to remove the fumes and the air will be clear of toxicity and fumes resulting from the tarring before the kids and staff are to enter for the day on Monday. In addition, all fresh air intakes and a/c units in the area will be covered.

It was also agreed that Ben will be contacted about the residue that is settling regularly underneath the entire circumference of netting and actions will be taken to move this debris which, after hosing, dries and blows through the area. It was also agreed that debris containers will be covered at night to eliminate dust travel.  

It is really unfortunate that the discussion about the PPS couldn’t have had a different ending. We have made great progress together in maintaining the dust to a point but since there is no consistent proof that the air remains safe, nor medical studies showing how and if these kids are effected by the dust in the long run, it should not be out of the question to explore possible additional safeguards, a revision of best practices. You all express your concerned about the health and safety of our children but for the SCA there’s clearly a limit to that concern (and there’s no limit to ours). To not have simply investigated and considered the option of this system, as promised, was extremely disappointing (an understatement). We hope that the offer to consider other roofing options was more sincere.

Best, 

 

Health & Safety

 

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