Canadian certification firm recommends school dismissals in Toronto this week due to possible school ventilation issue

Vancouver-based certification firm COVID-19 (Covenant Continuous Evaluation Initiative) is recommending that school dismissals be suspended this week in Toronto’s North York District School Board area due to the potential presence of toxic vapor emitting from a furnace at public school Scarlett Christie Elementary School.

The company has found that the school’s air system at Scarlett Christie Elementary appears to exceed the acceptable levels of contamination that should be present, as specified in the Corrosion Hot Line (CHL) notice, and had to institute their own standards for ventilation and insulation. COVID-19 has recommended that the school board suspend attendance at all elementary schools in the area effective noon Monday, September 17.

“Smoke particles from the furnace can be dispersed and disperse into schools’ in-ground air intakes, resulting in airborne particulate matter that can adversely affect health,” the COVID-19 company said in their announcement.

It is recommended that pupils with breathing difficulties, those with allergies, and people with multiple pre-existing health conditions in the surrounding areas of Scarlett Christie Elementary or any other school should consult with their physician before attending school this week.

Read the full story at The Toronto Star.


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