"N95" or "P100" Masks for SFUSD Students and Employees

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Despite a petition to close SFUSD public schools due to unhealthy air quality, (garnering almost 15,000 signatures so far) SFUSD schools remain open in order to save money. 

Despite SFUSD's insistence that schools remain open, they have not provided masks that protect against wildfire smoke to any students or staff. Many of our students and staff commute on MUNI, Bart, by foot and by bike from far distances due to the lottery system and high rents in SF. Students have also returned to outdoor activities requiring significant exertion. This has resulted in numerous asthma attacks today alone, as well students and staff members losing their voices, throwing up, and feeling extreme fatigue.

For "open air" campuses like John O'Connell High School, it is impossible to "close off" the building by sealing all doors and windows the way the district advises. Many teachers are also reluctant to close windows as it makes the temperature in many classrooms unbearably hot. The vast majority of rooms do not have air conditioning or any form of air filtration. Still, no masks were given to O'Connell and schools with similar layouts, or any school in the district, despite numerous pleas by staff and administrators.

By signing this petition you are telling SFUSD that their total disregard for student and staff health during these horrific fires is unacceptable, and that as tax payers you demand your money be used to protect the health of our district's children and their educators.

 



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