PS 29 is an old building and needs work. Construction began this March and beginning a week or two ago, thick amounts of dust began to appear. The principal documented the degree of dust in a cell phone photo she took of a window sill. (Last month another parent witnessed a construction worker walking down the stairs -- in between young children -- carrying a large circular saw with blades exposed.)
A construction zone such as the one PS 29 has become is no place for children. Unless authorities can unequivocally guarantee the absolute safety of the environment, work should not proceed during times of the year when school is in session.
Following 9/11 FEMA first said that the air was safe enough to breathe -- but we know it wasn't.
This petition represents a formal request by the PS 29 community to cease all potentially-harmful construction work at the school until the summer break. We also request that the Mayor’s Office conduct a transparent review of policies concerning repair of schools in the CIty of New York. Policy ought to reflect the highest standards of safety for children (and teachers and administrators) in schools across the city. Therefore, this petition also represents a formal request that the city rewrite the rules of school construction and repairs.