The Coalition Talk Radio – Dateline September 16, 2020

Earlier today, the Bristol Warren Local of the Rhode Island NEA (National Education Association) tweeted a press release that stipulated in excess of 60 violations of the “Covid Code” necessary to promote safe, in person education. Governor Gina Raimondo & RIDE Commissioner Angelica Infante Green, claiming to be unaware of any issues preventing in person education at the Bristol Warren Regional School District. deferred to embattled School Superintendent Jonathan Brice.

A sampling of the issues: Source Bristol Warren NEA September 16, 2020 Tweet

“Bristol Warren Regional School District Building Issues Mount Hope High School:

1. Air Quality and Ventilation Inspection has not been completed and/or results have not yet been reported back to the district (expected possibly sometime next week?)

2. Science wing has basement (actually a crawl space of sorts) with dirt floor, mold, and holes allowing basement air to travel upward into classrooms 3. Science wing has no hot water because pipe is broken, which they will not (or cannot?) repair because it’s lined/covered with asbestos

4. One way hallways / traffic patterns aren’t labeled. Certain wings (like C-wing) are impossible to make one way

5. Currently have 20 box fans for 80 classrooms

6. There will be no stable pods due to high school schedule

7. Because so many classrooms are going to be closed due to classroom size and/or lack of ventilation, numerous classrooms will not be cleaned all day due to constant use

8. Student desks will not be cleaned between class changes due to time constraints

9. Doors and windows always staying open, due to COVID air ventilation needs, violates our safety (active shooter) training and fire codes

10. Students unable to socially distance in hallways because all students will be passing simultaneously due to nature of schedule

11. As of 3pm today (Thursday) desks still remained in front of windows and vents

12. Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:15 and go to their first period class with no adult supervision until 7:40

Colt Andrews Elementary School:

1. Air Quality and Ventilation Inspection has not been completed and/or results have not yet been reported back to the district (expected possibly sometime next week?)

2. Problems with HVAC system – not enough hourly turnover of air

3. Lack of hot water (sinks need to run for at least 20-25 minutes for warm water)

4. Teacher’s room in Andrews doesn’t have water in bathroom

5. 2nd grade and Kindergarten have push-out windows

6. Windows in classrooms do not have screens

7. No HVAC in Andrews

8. Unsafe doorway to enter – can be broken into

9. Andrews only has one boiler – never replaced and had previously always had two

10. No air flow in some classrooms – the heating/ac system doesn’t turn on

11. Tents outside only fit 9 students while socially distancing 6-feet apart

12. Teachers don’t have adequate space in classrooms, desks against the whiteboard

13. Students expected to keep personal belongings in a bin at their desks – fire hazard? when/how will they be cleaned?

14. Doors and windows always staying open, due to COVID air ventilation needs, violates our safety (active shooter) training and fire codes

15. Desks are not all 6 feet apart

16. Teacher assistants and specialists are in 6+ classrooms a day

17. No markers or signage on walls/floors for students to direct traffic patterns

18. Teachers not allowed to use personal fans, only provided 1 (if that)

19. Over 15 people in a room – 18 desks in my room alone

Guiteras Elementary School:

1. Air Quality and Ventilation Inspection has not been completed and/or results have not yet been reported back to the district (expected possibly sometime next week?)

2. Doors and windows always staying open, due to COVID air ventilation needs, violates our safety (active shooter) training and fire codes ”

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