The Seattle Times reported today that the a second floor wing of the newly constructed South Shore school has been closed because students and staff in classes there have complained of a bad odor, itchy eyes, difficulty breathing, and rashes.
This is terrible, of course, and we all want the source of the problem discovered and corrected as soon as possible.
In the meantime the story revealed a number of ironies. A group of students came into the library crying and holding their chests, interrupting a meeting in which District officials were telling student families that the school was perfectly safe.
As we know, Dr. Goodloe-Johnson's daughter attends that school, and so do at least three of Board Director Patu's grandchildren.
A number of families are keeping their children home until the situation is corrected.
Seattle Public Schools has a poor record for interior environmental concern.