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Alton Central School (ACS): Safety Inspection Report, Feb. 26, 2013, By The NH Department Of Labor.

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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.



Alton Town, By Letter, Requests Central School (ACS) To Adopt A Plan To Remedy Odours From The 1st Grade Class Room Sinks.

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Related Post From Yesterday:
>> Alton Central School (ACS): Air Quality — Apr. 3, 2013.
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This letter, dated April 1, 2013 (though I really hope it was NOT an April Fool’s joke by the town), was read, without too much elaboration, at last night’s School Board meeting. Since I didn’t get to see the letter and I was not taking any notes I might have got some of the nuances wrong, but the gist of it, as I could see it, was that the Town, at last, was asking the school to look into the issues of the malodorous sinks in the classroom.

As with the ‘seating configuration‘, I know very well that this had nothing to do with me (and after 21 years of writing public opinion pieces I know the adage: ‘like a rooster claiming that it is his daily crowing that makes the Sun rise‘ only too well).

But, seems strange that just last Friday, March 29, 2013, I happened to speak to a Town official on exactly this matter and even spelled out how they used a piece of wood over the sink. Now, as is my wont, I might have, inadvertently, used my ‘code words’.

Bottom line is that I am delighted. Teischan who was also at the meeting was even more delighted.

Amazing how these things happen. We just started trying to get to the bottom of this ACS air quality issue — as I posted yesterday (where I did mention that I had been talking to people in Concord and the Town Hall).

Suddenly we have all these documents in front of me — and I THANK all those that scrambled to get them to us within ‘hours’.

I have Air Quality reports from 2010 and 2012 PLUS a NH Department of LaborSafety Inspection Report‘ for the SAU and ACS that was conducted this year, February 26, 2013.

Plus there is the second School Board meeting this coming Monday, April 8, 2013 where I gather some of these concerns will get aired.