Association Health and Safety
Concerns Validated by Department of Environmental Conservation
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Over the course of the last 15 months,
the Association has on at least three occasions, notified
the District of serious issues at the Connetquot High
School. Our concern was due to continuing toxic waste
back ups into the classrooms overflowing from the chemical
waste tank. Our concerns center around the improper
handling, analysis and disposal of such waste.
The District has maintained on their
website and through direct communication with the Association
that they have addressed our concerns on many occasions.
Furthermore, they denied that back ups into classrooms
took place (see photographs below). They assured the
Association and the community that the classrooms were
free of any contamination.
After reaching a high level of frustration,
due to the continuing toxic back ups into classrooms
while both students and teachers were present, the Association
requested inspection by the Department of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) - a New York State agency.
The Association has recently received
the DEC's summary report dated April, 11th (click
here to view report). This report gives validity
to out our concerns and orders the District to rectify
approximately 19 separate violations at the High School,
most of which were previously reported to the District
by the Association.
It is unfortunate that the District
continues to deal with our concerns in an adversarial
manner. Our hope is that with the validation of our
concerns by the DEC, the District will work to establish
a collegial partnership with its employees to protect
the health and safety of students and staff. As long
as the District chooses to cover up and dispute our
concerns, the hazardous conditions persist without remedy.
This shortsighted attitude exposes children and teachers
to unnecessary risk.
The Association is committed to take
all necessary steps to protect the health and safety
of the students and staff. We intend to continue our
oversight and insistence that remedies to these hazardous
conditions be made immediately.