Instead, staff did their online health and safety training bundled up at tables outside of the school on Tuesday.
“I would like the air quality reports to meet the bare minimum of our contract, as they are required to do,” Graether said.
The district said in a written statement that it did a walk-through inspection of Franklin Tuesday morning, and that the seven classrooms to hold returning students “meet the recommendations put forth” by the state health and labor and industries departments. Officials also said they taking measures to improve airflow in classrooms without proper ventilation.
The district said it brought in HEPA filters, but Franklin staff said they had not been set up yet. They want the district to test the air flow again before special education students start returning to school on Monday.
“You know, it makes us wonder how many more things in the building are wrong right now? What else needs to be fixed?” asked Bobby Walston, a special education instructional assistant. “It’s an old building, so of course there are issues. But the district promised that we would have a safe environment – we should have a safe environment.”
“As a person of color who — for years [my] concerns have been ignored — when it it is finally written down, it is now my obligation to have those things be in place.”
Hawkins said walk-throughs at other schools this week revealed some missing signage regarding safe room occupancy.