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Require CO detectors now. Require transparency next.

Updated: Feb 4

Zero.


That’s the # of schools in the Virginia Beach Public Schools that were built in 2015 or later.


Meaning out of 86 schools, in Hampton Roads largest, most diverse, and controversially most well funded...


ZERO of them are currently required by Virginia law to have a Carbon Monoxide detector.


In 2018-2019 school year that meant:


• 66,000 students could be enrolled in unprotected buildings


• Over 15,000 employees could have gone to work in unsafe conditions


That’s ONE school system in the state of Virginia.


You might be thinking, well, surely some of them have them right?


There’s no way to know. There’s no safety dashboard.


If you’re in any public school system in Virginia, call your school.


Ask them if they have a CO detection system on site. Ask them to tell you how many co-producing sources they have on site. How many times they’re inspected in a year. Where, exactly they’re placed, and what the emergency preparedness plan is in response to a CO emergency.


See if you get a warm and fuzzy from their answer.


I scoured the VB schools website. A million mentions of safety first, zero mentions of Carbon Monoxide emergency training, prevention or prevention systems.


This is a problem, folks.


Hey, Virginia Senators... time to #SayYesToHB1823

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