Health and Safety

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Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Dr. Scott Cascone, Ken Alper, Jenn Tunnicliffe, Gary Rothstein, Cheryl Merklinger, Terry Trigg-Scales

Save Our Young Learners - Reopen Our Schools

Dr. Cascone and Board Members, Thank you for the effort you have been putting into reopening West Orange schools safely after over nine long months during which many children have suffered emotionally and fallen behind academically in our district. At this late stage and with so many setbacks, our request is that you stay the course in the face of opposition, and open to the greatest extent possible for all students—with in-person opportunities five days a week for elementary and special education students by the date of January 19, 2021 to allow for quarantine time after the holiday season.  The science overwhelmingly suggests that young children are not driving transmission of COVID-19, and schools can be safe places for staff and students of all ages, even with spread in the greater community. This is particularly true with simple, low-tech precautions—for ex. masking, face shields, limiting close contact, cohorts, and opening windows for ventilation. Many local public and private schools, following CDC and state guidelines, have been running for months without major issue. Notably, the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club are operating smoothly in some of our school buildings. Even when cases do occur, the testing, tracing and quarantining process used in other districts has been proven sufficient in limiting in-school spread.  To ignore all of this evidence is to further children and families’ suffering with no rational justification. Neither the CDC nor the State of New Jersey mandates the additional air filtration projects, but our district has gone truly above and beyond with preparing for this concern as well. We believe the existing guidelines, which we already exceed, are highly effective, as evidenced by the low number of outbreaks traced to thousands of schools across the state. While we sympathize with fears of the unknown, we do not want to be driven by fear when making such important decisions. Many of us can no longer afford to delay this return to school any further and will be forced to make difficult choices for the coming year. We must do our best to make special accommodations for staff and continue to offer a virtual option, but we cannot ignore the many in our community who need in-person education now. Please push forward, follow the science, and prioritize public education and a safe reopening. Thank you. Articles and resources:

Kevin Brady
336 supporters
Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Virginia Governor

Require carbon monoxide detectors in Virginia schools and daycares

Did you know there's a good chance the daycare or school you send your child to in the State of Virginia isn't required to have a Carbon Monoxide Detector installed on the premises? I didn't until an emergency impacted my children's daycare on February 20, 2020.  Based on this experience, we've compiled a must-read crash course of the dangers to Virginia Schools here and our plans for advocacy here. If you don't think you need to be concerned about CO, think again. Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include: • Dull headache• Weakness• Dizziness• Nausea or vomiting• Shortness of breath• Confusion• Blurred vision• Loss of consciousness• Carbon monoxide poisoning can be particularly dangerous for people who are sleeping or intoxicated. People may have irreversible brain damage or even die before anyone realizes there's a problem. At risk for carbon monoxide poisoning are children in particular, as young children take breaths more frequently than adults do, which may make them more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. Back to our personal story: Our daycare has looked after my children since August of 2015. It is a state licensed child care center, and nationally accredited through the National Early Childhood Program of Accreditation. As a parent, I have found administrative staff and teachers to be of the highest quality and to have been truly compassionate in the care of my children while my husband serves in the military and I run my own business. On a daily basis from the hours of 6:30am to 6pm, there are roughly 20-25 staff members and administrators, as well as 8 classrooms with roughly 8-16 children in each on site between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years old. And on February 20, a carbon monoxide detector went off – and we only found out later it wasn't even the school's detector. Parents were notified at 2:20 p.m to come pick up children immediately – we were not told and likely won't know at what point the leak started, how long the children and staff were exposed, and at what ppm levels. What we know + why I'm advocating: • Because there was no law requiring this facility to have a carbon monoxide detector installed it did not have them, even though there was a natural gas-related system on site • Doors opened at 6:30 am for staff and students and teachers first started experiencing headaches, nausea + other symptoms in the late morning; at least one child became lethargic and exhibited signs of unconsciousness and pale complexion; due to the ages of the children many kids take naps on premises one or multiple times during the day • At the request of a teacher during lunch, a teacher's spouse brought in a home CO detector, plugged it in and it confirmed a presence of CO in the building at 2:15 after symptoms appeared to be spreading and increasing • Emergency officials were notified resulting in 2 fire trucks, 2 ambulances, EMT staff and police on site (including road closure to the facility) • Children + teachers were evacuated to a nearby location where parents picked them up after being notified of the emergency • Prior to departing the evacuation building, children and staffed were checked by EMTs with portable CO readers (optional, not all parents stayed or were told this needed to be completed) • Any children or staff who needed to be checked out further were evaluated in ambulances, and if required, transported to local hospitals  • To the best of my knowledge, 3 teachers were transported to local hospitals; some children (including my own) were evaluated in ambulances but did not need to be or declined to be transported for mild to moderate symptoms  • According to emergency responders I spoke with while being referred to the ambulance for my son – most children were at least mildly symptomatic  • On February 21, after inspection by the Fire Department, Natural Gas Department and Health Department, it was discovered that a fault in the daycare's gas heating system was the source of the CO leak. The building was given the all clear to re-open for normal hours on Monday, February 24. • Because of the February 20 event, the daycare immediately installed detectors in each classroom and in other spaces throughout the facility.  • But a week later, on Friday, February 28, the newly installed alarms sounded – and alerted the staff to another carbon monoxide leak. Had the detectors not been there, we would have sent our children back into dangerous conditions after having been given the all-clear less than a week before.  >>> WE WERE LUCKY. BOTH TIMES. <<< Carbon monoxide poisoning should NOT be a concern to parents when they drop their kids off at state-licensed daycare and educational facilities.  • This petition asks for legislation in the State of Virginia that would make carbon monoxide detectors (and more frequent regular servicing/inspection of them) a REQUIREMENT for all state licensed daycare + educational facilities, regardless of year built (at minimum those with fuel-fired appliances and at risk for CO-related issues) • In addition this petition asks that childcare workers, educators and administrative staff in these facilities be better trained/certified on how to spot symptoms + create clear emergency plans around carbon monoxide in addition to their CPR/First Aid training + fire/tornado/intruder emergency drills. • This petition also asks for immediate, transparent documentation in the form of an accessible link or database of which Virginia Schools (daycare, public, private, charter) ARE or ARE NOT actively protected from carbon monoxide poisoning, which ones have glaring CO risks on site (and if so, how are they protected. Let's not wait until the worst-case scenario occurs before making this change. A quick Google search of carbon monoxide scares at schools will show you what a national issue this is – and is being experienced locally here in Virginia. I appreciate your signature to this petition!  Warmly, Nikki Zellner Note: All photos appearing with this petition were taken by the Zellner family with the exception of the photo of Nikki James Zellner + her two boys on the couch, which was taken by Kaitlin McKeown of the Virginian-Pilot to accompany their story. At the start of this petition there was a photo of children napping in a preschool – that photo was taken by Jay Janner of the Austin American-Statesman. That photo has since been deleted at the request of a school similar in appearance with no affiliation to this petition or the incident that prompted it.

Nikki Zellner
5,198 supporters
Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to MY SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT & GOV’T., California Governor, President of the United States, President of USA

Nothing’s changed! School is still unsafe For Your Kids and Their Teachers!

SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE USA LIKE LAUSD  are returning and forcing Teachers and Students to in person school in Now..either full-time or with a hybrid model.  This is too soon.  The dangers that caused school closures haven’t been abated: They’ve gotten worse.   We request: 1) Extended and increased government funds for families to ease their childcare, housing, healthcare and other needs stemming from this crisis- and the need to stay safe at home.2) A Distance Learning model that encourages compliance and participation by being made mandatory- not optional as it was this past semester.  3). A 3 month ‘safe period’ between the decision to return to in person classes and the actually return.. to guarantee the protections from C-19 that officials say may work actually do work because we can observe them at work in all other sectors of society- before we put students, teachers, our children, families and friends at risk.Children’s health  should not be gambled away in the name of a hurried and misplaced return to normalcy.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Staying home is the best preventative medicine.   Families need government financial assistance to ease the burden of childcare etc.., We urge government to extend payments to families.  We urge those in power to continue Distance learning at least through Spring of 2021. Distance learning, will be more effective when the district mandates that the class work is mandatory- not optional as it was this spring.  Teachers, ask for more resources for Families and themselves To ensure this.  We should feel safe for 3 months straight before we go back to in person learning.  The health and hopes of children shouldn’t be hinged on a roll of the dice ‘hoping’ that the virus will go away.  The hope of our students future should be founded on the strength of patience, safety and the fortitude of vision necessary to garauntee that no child will catch and die from C-19 at school- because they will be happily learning at home.  Just as a family can fully feel safe in knowing that their child won’t contract TB at school- because districts don’t allow anybody with a positive TB test on campus- we request that those we petition refrain from starting in person learning until they can make the same guarantee with respect to Covid-19.  Thank you for reading. Please sign, if you agree.. and share.  

Nick Harris
4,089 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Congress

Congress: End the Time Change - Choose one Standard Time and Stay With it Year Round!

It's time for Congress to pick one time that is standard throughout the year! Multiple health risks have been cited in scientific literature during the “Spring Forward” including car accidents, heart attacks and workplace injuries.  Since Daylight Saving Time was enacted to conserve coal during WWI, its role currently is obsolete in terms of energy saving measures. Moreover most of the country has introduced some form of legislation in regards to ending the time change. Last year California passed Proposition 7, making Daylight Saving Time year-round and permanent.  Other states who have proposed legislation include the following: AlaskaAlabamaArkansasColoradoDelawareGeorgiaIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasLouisianaMaineMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNevadaNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWyoming   Some states had put forth legislation to be on Atlantic Standard Time, a time zone one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time that essentially puts them on year-round Daylight Saving Time.  These include Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. So why put the country through time changes twice a year?  Whether you're #SickOfSpringForward or #FinishedWithFallBack, it's time Congress puts an end to Daylight Saving Time changes and keep one time throughout the year! More information can be found here: Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP Paul Kalekas, DO, FACOI  

Daliah Wachs
201,854 supporters