Editor Elizabeth McNamara firstname.lastname@example.org
10:06 am on Friday, August 17, 2012
It is great that they sent out a List serve to parents on August 10th did they also send one out to the community? After all I am sure at one point people stood up to get transportation to daycares- are they still in school now? The problem is not changing the policy- the problem is why change the policy. Numerous times at the meetings money savings was mentioned, how much? If the town was willing to come together previously to have bussing than why change it now? This is the first policy this year sent out on list serve- they have changed many. Every policy is being reviewed by a small subcommittee on the school committee. Let’s hope this will not happen with other policies/laws in government -changes in these documents should be coming from a community concern- the policies have been set over years -having an open committee on every policy and only discussing it once it is changed is not a good idea.
10:04 am on Friday, August 17, 2012
It great that they sent out a List serve to parents on August 10th did they also send one out to the community? After all I am sure at one point people stood up to get transportation to daycares are they still in school now? The problem is not changing the policy- the problem is why change the policy. Numerous times at the meetings money savings was mentioned, how much? If the town was willing to come together previously to have bussing than why change it now? This is the first policy this year sent out on list serve- they have changed many. Every policy is being reviewed by a small subcommittee on the school committee. Let’s hope this will not happen with other policies/laws in government -changes in these documents should be coming from a community concern- because the policies have been set over years having an open committee on every policy and only discussing it once it is changed is not a good idea.
9:15 am on Friday, August 17, 2012
I really feel for all those parents this is effecting. All I can say is the committee is reviewing every policy it has and there are only 7 people making the decisions on changes. They welcome public voice but push through the policy changes quickly. This is taking much time away from needed work like all day k (which would solve many of the daycare bus problems), language implementations, and technology fixes. There is a primary on September 11 and an election on November 6th.
1:53 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2012
I hope these candidates will start making East Greenwich a leader in this state and push for all day Kindergarten-Languages in the elementary levels- and better technology infrastructures/availability in all of the schools!
2:11 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2012
“There are a growing number of cases of teachers and adult school workers who have asbestos-related diseases because of exposure in their schools. One study from the National Center for Health Statistics listed elementary school teachers as a high risk occupation for developing mesothelioma, attributing 2.1 percent of all elementary school teacher deaths to the cancer.
In one study involving teachers from Wisconsin, 12 cases of mesothelioma were reported. Nine of the 12 had no other known exposure to asbestos outside of asbestos-containing materials found in the buildings where they worked.”
"One study found that nearly 70 percent of WTC rescue and recovery workers suffered new or worsened respiratory symptoms while performing work at the WTC site. The study describes the results of the WTC Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, which was established to identify and characterize possible WTC-related health effects in responders. The study found that about 28 percent of those tested had abnormal lung function tests, and 61 percent of those without previous health problems developed respiratory symptoms (11). However, it is important to note that these symptoms may be related to exposure to debris components other than asbestos.
Although it is clear that the health risks from asbestos exposure increase with heavier exposure and longer exposure time, investigators have found asbestos-related diseases in individuals with only brief exposures. Generally, those who develop asbestos-related diseases show no signs of illness for a long time after their first exposure. It can take from 10 to 40 years or more for symptoms of an asbestos-related condition to appear (2)."
I'm not sure any of the parents are "hysterical" but certainly will be if the children begin to suffer from mesothelioma. The problem with the disease is the fact that it could take 10-40 years for signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure to set in. While at the moment I cannot find the exact statistic you are looking for I will share with you 2 other articles that I found quite interesting involving exposure to asbestos.
The above blog is a political blog - this is not about politics it’s about innocent children who will suffer because someone wants to save a dollar. If there is a small percentage that your kid will get cancer what will you do? Would it be worth the money to send them to private school for a year or home school them for a year, it may be a decision that many parents will face going into the new school year.
Portion of the article:
“Asbestos in schools is a significant health concern. According to the American Federal of Teachers, teaching carries one of the highest risks of mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the organ linings, of any non-industrial profession. In an attempt to protect students and school employees from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses, the government laid out guidelines for dealing with asbestos in schools in the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) in 1986. The act is part of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).
Under AHERA, schools are required to inspect their buildings for crumbling asbestos every six months and to regularly perform inspections of all asbestos-containing material. In addition, they must develop an asbestos management plan, which may include spraying the asbestos with sealants, maintaining it properly (such as doing routine maintenance on asbestos floor tiles) or enclosing it. The asbestos management plan must be on file at the school and must be available to the public.
Since removal is costly and poses the risk of releasing dangerous airborne fibers that could one day cause mesothelioma, the EPA recommends that it be a last resort. When asbestos removal is necessary, schools are required to notify parents, teachers, employees and the public of their plans."
@ Matt – I would say there is every reason to be concerned as a tax payer, parent or employee this exposure should only be a last resort. Here is an interesting article on a School district in New Jersey who decided against construction while the students were in session:
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