Air Quality in Schools - The CSQ and its federations are formally calling on the government to take action

MONTREAL, Jan. 24, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ -AThe Centrale des syndicats du QuAbec (CSQ) and its affiliated federations a?? the FAdAration des syndicats de l'enseignement (FSE-CSQ), the FAdAration du personnel de soutien scolaire (FPSS-CSQ), the FAdAration des professionnelles et professionnels de l'Aducation du QuAbec (FPPE-CSQ), the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (APEQ-QPAT) and the FAdAration du personnel de l'enseignement privA (FPEP-CSQ) a?? are formally demanding for the government's prompt response following recommendations made by a group of air quality experts.Answers regarding air quality tests left union leaders unconvinced, particularly regarding the methodology plan, and several questions remain unanswered. Furthermore, given the lack of scientific consensus on COVID-19's aerosol transmission, union leaders are calling for a precautionary approach.In addition to making all necessary and urgent corrections immediately, the CSQ and its federations are demanding that four other measures be implemented without further delay:

Immediately closing unventilated spaces with no windows, including small meeting rooms. If no safe alternatives are found in these situations, telework should be made mandatory;

Removing pregnant women from the buildings, with no conditions;

In rooms with windows, installing air purifiers as backup, and ensuring they are installed by school support staff or a qualified professional;

Establishing, in the short term, a full equipment register and a detailed maintenance and testing calendar for each facility, and making it available to the public.

Quotes"We deplore the lack of foresight and action in the school system, given that the second wave was inevitable. For decades, we've been calling for measures to improve the air quality in our schools and centres, but due to austerity policies, we've reached a point where we have to open our classroom windows in the dead of winter, which is unacceptable," wrote Sonia Ethier, CSQ President, in a letter to deputies Roberge and DubA and Public Health Director Dr. Arruda.
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