Alton Central School (ACS): Safety Inspection Report, Feb. 26, 2013, By The NH Department Of Labor.
.by Anura Guruge
A Couple Of Related Posts:
>> Air quality at ACS — Apr. 1, 2013.
>> Town requests ACS to address malodorous sinks — Apr. 4, 2013.
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I was given a copy of this report last week. What struck me was that I had mentioned in my recent ‘air quality’ post that ACS in addition to being a school was also a workplace and that workplaces do have to meet certain safety standards. So, I am delighted that the state Department of Labor has conducted this test — though they did not check for air quality (because as I am now learning NH does not have any mandatory standards for indoor air quality, even in schools). The timing of this inspection, exactly a fortnight prior to the $18 million school renovation bond election, must have been a coincidence.
I think we have had at least two ACS School Board meetings, viz. March 5, 2013 & April 3, since this report was issued. Not sure whether the School Board addressed this report.
I have looked at the report multiple times. On the whole, as far as I can tell, there are no outright, show-stoppers. But, there are quite a few disturbing findings. Here is one that bothered me since Devanee would have been in this classroom if not for the fact that we are homeschooling her.
VIO # 35, ‘Housekeeping’ • Grade 6 – math – the secondary exit is blocked with a desk and bookcase.
I could, as ever, be wrong, but that doesn’t sound good. I don’t think that we as a community would be too amused if we heard that our kids couldn’t vacate a classroom in an emergency because a door was blocked.
Now here is where it gets even more disturbing. I am getting told (even today, i.e., Sunday) that some, if not many, of these concerns had already been reported to the administration by concerned residents, one from what I gather even going to the trouble of providing a set of photographs of the infractions.
A lot of it appears to be procedural stuff that is not getting done. Appears that classrooms cannot have the glass panels on the doors obscured. That would appear fairly easy to fix, assuming that the school administration knew about these requirements — which I hope that they did.
Then there is another violation that bothers us, especially since Deanna, totally independently and coincidentally, happened to notice it too. This actually on the first page.
VIO #4, ‘Duties and Responsibilities of the Joint Loss Management Committee (JLMC)’, Not In Compliance, SAU Office: The JLMC has not been meeting quarterly.
I will let you make up your own mind. I assume that this report will start making its rounds around those that have concerns. I guess the School Board might address this at some point.
I will leave it here. But, when we start talking about SAFETY lets make sure that these things cited in this DoL report are addressed.
We have also heard that there was some ‘excitement’ at ACS on Friday afternoon. Hhhmmmm. Appears to a lot happening these days.