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Fox High School Trying to Minimize Impact of Roofing Project

Some students complained to KMOV-TV that the fumes from the project are filling the classrooms and hallways and making them sick.

A Fox C-6 School District spokesman says the district is doing as much as it can to minimize the impact of a roofing project that began two weeks ago at Fox High School.

On Tuesday, some students told a KMOV-TV reporter the fumes from the project were making them sick. One student said the odor was infiltrating the classrooms and hallways, giving him headaches.

Tammie Tadlock, a parent of a student at the high school, commented on an earlier article Patch ran saying her daughter has complained about the odor several times because it has given her headaches and made her nauseous. 

However, Tim Crutchley, assistant superintendent of school services, told Patch that no one had complained about the odor to school officials.

"The news report was the first we heard of students complaining," Crutchley said in an email. "While there is a little smell here and there, we have had no one call and complain or come to the main office at the high school and complain."

He said the school has an environmental service company visit on a daily basis to do air quality monitoring in the building. He added that the project had to completed now because the school has had numerous roof leaks that need immediate attention to prevent further building structural damage. 

"We have chosen a roofing system that has a proven track record for long term performance and durability that we have installed on buildings for almost 10 years now," Crutchley said in the email. "This is not the first time we have installed this type of roof or even installed it during the school year. In fact we installed this exact roofing system last spring while school was in session at Antonia Elementary."

He explained that the products being used are non-carcinogen and contain no harmful toxins. Additionally, he said the project has an on-site OSHA-trained job coordinator that monitors the safety and regulations of the job. 

"As of right now we still have had no complaints from any students or parents," Crutchley said in the email. "We are taking it seriously and doing everything in our power to minimize the impact the smell is having on the building."  

Connie November 04, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I don't believe this one bit. It stinks & my daughter has been coughing for days. I was at school last week for conferences and could barely stand to be in the building. The fumes are horrible, and I don't understand why they can't at the very least work in the evenings & weekends. You can be two blocks away and still smell it. Maybe Crutchley needs to spend the day & see how he likes it.
Cheyenne Meadows November 04, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I have experienced headaches that would not go away till late the next day. to say that the new roof is not harmfull at all would be a lie. the roofing progect itself is a distraction to my learning ,but then there is the added effect of migraines its almost impossible to focus on my work. not only that but the air is hard to breath and give people nausea. Im not the only student to have this effects and I don't understand how Tim Crutchley can say he didn't know about this problem. mabe its because he is removed from the school and doesn't have to dell with it , but if you ask any student they have all notice the smell and the discomfort happening. in the interest of my health and my fellow students health I looked up the MSDS for asphalt (Material Safety Data Sheet) and found that the asphalt is harmfull to the eyes, skin, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, KIDNEYS, AND LIVE. and that asphalt has a carcinogen (causes cancer) in it! even though its a very small amout i dont know how good it is cause of the level of exposuar we are all exposed to. PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.
Supportive Parent November 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Taking an air sample does not tell what DOSE of chemical students have gotten from the roofing fumes. The EXPOSURE of chemical lasts hour after hour, day after day for students who can't escape it. Chemicals can accumulate inside a person and cause symptoms. . . and symptoms is what we're seeing in students. As a parent, I was sickened by the smell & got out of the school immediately. Just Google "Material Safety Data Sheet" (MSDS) for asphalt. The MSDS says, "This material is considered to be hazardous by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) . . . 29 CFR1910.1200. Fumes . . can cause irritation. . .may contain benzene (cancer causing) and hydrogen sulfide. Yes, we want a new roof for the school, but how can we protect our students? Maybe we can brainstorm as answer? 1. Connie had a good idea. . If roof is done in evenings or weekends, maybe it would reduce exposure of students to fumes. 2. Would increasing ventilation help? on roof or rooms with strong fumes? MSDS says vapors from asphalt are heavier than air . . . meaning they can sink down into school. . could some well placed big fans help dissapate the fumes? 3. Maybe just cancel school for the couple weeks until the roofing work is done. The horrible smell, headaches, & nausea must be distracting for students. I feel terrible sending my daughter back into a situation that has made her sick.

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