You know you really have to look carefully at the SPS home page. Things change but with no notation so you try to check every time you visit it.
So under What's News! there is a South Shore Update and a Family Survey story. I'll go with the Family Survey since its shorter. The opening line, very entertaining:
Hearing from our families, staff, and students is critical to our efforts to improve education for every student.
They say they have "redesigned" the school climate survey which is given to all students, school staff and families. Summary results will be in the annual district and school reports next fall. Surveys were to start on Monday via phone or web survey. Did anyone get an elementary or middle school one yet? I have a call into Research and Evaluation (run by one of our very own former Broad residents) to ask why this kind of info wasn't part of the survey. It's nice to know what it is for before you participate.
Onto South Shore. So there's a letter to the South Shore community as well as the report from the company investigating the odor issue. From the letter to the community:
"These results do not indicate a health hazard from airborne exposure to the VOCs including those likely from carpet/mastic breakdown products, aldehydes, or particulates. Toxicity would occur only at concentrations that are order of magnitude (10x or more) higher than were found at the time of our investigation." The report concludes "Some building occupants have experienced odors from building materials in the school leading to discomfort. However, based on the findings herein, there is no evidence of sufficient concentrations of airborne organic compounds or particulates that would cause acute or chronic toxicity."
The report states that they are working to determine the cause of the odor (and it seems its the carpet/concrete mix). They will likely have to remove it (but they do not state from how many areas). There is no mold problem.
"Our goal remains to have the South Shore building ready for occupancy on the first day of school in September."
Of course the company may say is not a health hazard but clearly it affected some staff and students. The report also states "Complaints occurred in other rooms after spring break, during which the ventilation system was shut down for maintenance." Really? Yet another brand-new school with ventilation issues? How could it need maintenance so soon after the building opened?