PFT Statement on the Ongoing Ben Franklin/SLA Building Saga

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October 4, 2019

Asbestos levels in the building that houses Ben Franklin High School and Science Leadership Academy are still too high to safely allow students and staff to enter.

PHILADELPHIA–“The students and school staff at Ben Franklin/SLA have had their school year unacceptably disrupted by ongoing construction issues and dangerously high levels of asbestos in the boiler room and the SLA Commons. But until these areas are properly cleaned and tested by the District and the PFT, it is imperative that students and school staff NOT be allowed to enter the building.

“The PFT will be closely monitoring the abatement work and the testing of the building over the weekend. We object to opening either school unless we can assure that it is safe for all who enter the building.”

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