When parents discover potential environmental threats to their children’s health in public school buildings, such as asbestos or mold, PA/PTAs can step in and advocate for safe renovation procedures. After learning that its school would undergo repairs for a leaky roof and mold, the PTA at Brooklyn’s P.S. 29 decided to take action to ensure that required safety precautions were followed during the renovation project. They solicited the help of nonprofit organizations, health experts, elected officials, and others. The process inspired New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Environmental Justice and Community Development Program to create a pamphlet to help guide other parents dealing with school construction issues.
Is Your School Renovation Safe?
In 2012, we were excited when we heard that the City was going to repair leaks in P.S. 29’s roof and walls and get rid of mold in our classrooms. We also had questions about h...
NYLPI's "Safe School Renovation" manual
School renovations are critical for promoting healthy school environments, but a major construction project can create its own health risks. This manual is a “know your rights” guide that can help parents protect children’s health during school construction.