Philly Healthy Schools Initiative


Right to Know Request Filed as Part of Philly Healthy Schools Initiative

Mold and other conditions in Philadelphia public schools that are hazardous to students’ health have increasingly become a major concern for parents and the general public over the past few months. That’s why on October 19th, 2017, we submitted a Right-to-know request to the School District of Philadelphia on behalf of Hon. Derek S. Green, Hon. Helen Gym, Hon. Cindy Bass, and PennEnvironment.

The request was for all reports, data sets, and other documents related to the environmental quality of schools in Philadelphia. More specifically, we are requesting documents related to the presence of asbestos, lead in water, damaged doors, lead paint, plaster, and mold. We are also interested in documents related to asthma diagnoses in Philadelphia schools. Our hope is that by receiving these documents, we will become more aware of the environmental issues facing our children, and the City of Philadelphia will gain insight on how to better focus its spending on fixing these problems.

Click here to read the full request.

For more on the issues and our filing:

Mold at Philly school ‘the tip of the toxic iceberg’? — Philadelphia Inquirer, October 19, 2017

District is pressed to disclose health data on every school after mold outbreaks — The Notebook, October 19, 2017