Report questions BPS building air quality

With high-needs students scheduled to return in-person to classes on Oct. 5, the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) released a report detailing deficiencies in Boston Public Schools buildings they say will endanger the health and safety of students and staff.

The report, authored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), identified problems with windows and fans, ventilation and air filtration systems, indoor air quality inspection data and cleaning protocols.

The MassCOSH Healthy Schools Taskforce inspected six BPS buildings, examining windows, HVAC systems, bathrooms and other school facilities accompanied by school leaders, nurses, custodians, parents and high school students. At the time of the inspections, between Sept. 14 and Sept. 18, the group found key safety measures were lacking in school buildings, including window fans, medical grade PPE equipment for nurses, soap in bathrooms and hand sanitizer.

While BPS officials have since delivered fans and extension cords to many


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