Class dis­missed

Cor­ner Brook school air-qual­ity is­sue sends stu­dents home two con­sec­u­tive morn­ings

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - News­room@thewest­ern­

Af­ter be­ing sent home early Wed­nes­day morn­ing be­cause of an air-qual­ity is­sue, stu­dents a Cor­ner Brook Re­gional High School were sent home again Thurs­day morn­ing be­cause the prob­lem was not fully rec­ti­fied.

A re­quest for an in­ter­view with the New­found­land and Labrador English School District to ex­plain the sit­u­a­tion was not granted.

Ac­cord­ing to an emailed re­sponse from the school board, main­te­nance work on the gym­na­sium floor that had been sched­uled to be done dur­ing the Christ­mas break could not be com­pleted un­til this week be­cause the ar­rival of some of the prod­ucts needed was de­layed due to in­clement weather af­fect­ing trans­porta­tion.

The floor was fin­ished with a prod­uct called Marathane-351, a low-odour prod­uct used in­stead of tra­di­tional oil prod­ucts specif­i­cally to main­tain air qual­ity in schools, though the school board said it rec­og­nizes some in­di­vid­u­als may still have sen­si­tiv­i­ties to it.

When an odour was de­tected Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the school ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cided to dis­miss stu­dents early and al­low more time for ven­ti­la­tion. This oc­curred through­out the af­ter­noon, but posed a chal­lenge in the evening, given the chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions in the area.

Ven­ti­la­tion re­sumed in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing to the point that it was be­lieved the build­ing was suit­able for stu­dents to re­turn.

As classes re­sumed Thurs­day morn­ing, though, a num­ber of peo­ple iden­ti­fied sim­i­lar con­cerns as the pre­vi­ous day, which prompted an­other early dis­missal.

The district said it en­gaged a cer­ti­fied in­dus­trial hy­gien­ist to mea­sure the lev­els through­out the build­ing Thurs­day. Of the 70 ar­eas mea­sured, two — the stair­well off the gym and the stor­age room out­side the gym — were marginally above the level where Health Canada rec­om­mends ac­tion.

Ven­ti­la­tion in the school con­tin­ued through­out the day, al­low­ing for a good flow of air to move through the build­ing.

The school district said the plan is to have the cer­ti­fied in­dus­trial hy­gien­ist re­sam­ple th­ese ar­eas this morn­ing be­fore school opens to con­firm all lev­els are ac­cept­able and to en­sure classes can re­sume.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.