Though work on the façade of the building takes place after 3 PM when the children have gone home, a thick layer of dust has settled inside the school. The dust is a source of concern for parents, but it was the news that asbestos abatement around the building's windows was to begin yesterday afternoon that prompted the start of an online petition as well as the rally.
Parents claim that they were only informed about the abatement last Friday. By law, the School Construction Authority (SCA) should have posted warning signs announcing the asbestos removal seven calendar days before the beginning of abatement. No signs ever went up.
The parents would like the work to be postponed until the end of this school year, which is only two months away.
The protesters were joined by Councilmember Brad Lander, who earlier in the day had sent a letter to Lorraine Grillo, SCA's President and Chief Executive Officer in support of the PS 29 community.
His letter reads:
Dear President Grillo:
SCA representatives have also promised to come to PS 29's PTA meeting on Thursday evening.