Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Challenge We Face

Exerpt from The Green Schools Handbook:

Most environmental health experts agree that
schools across the United States have serious
environmental problems they are ill-equipped or
financially unable to deal with. Here’s what the
California Department of Health Services
says about environmental quality in California’s

“Children have little or no control over their
environment while at school. In California, no 
agency or group has central authority as a 
watchdog for children in their school 
environment. There are no right-to-know
provisions in the law for parents or students
pertaining to hazardous conditions which may
exist in schools. While there are laws that 
regulate health and safety of schools as 
workplaces for teachers and staff, these do not 
directly apply to the students in the same 
buildings. Nonetheless, worker standards are
not appropriate to children, as they are
generally more susceptible to environmental
hazards than adults.”
“Poor school indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
can cause both short-term (reversible) and
long-term (chronic) effects in students and staff.
Overcrowded, poorly ventilated classrooms
contribute substantially to the spread of
infections diseases, such as colds and
influenza. Poorly maintained carpets, dirty air
ducts, and water damaged materials are prime
breeding grounds for a plethora of substances
that can trigger asthma attacks, sensitize
allergy-prone children, and cause sinus and
respiratory infections.”

“Responses of local school officials to IEQ
problems tend to be unstructured and ad hoc.
They are generally struggling within budgetary 
shortfalls to maintain educational programs, 
and IEQ complaints are often not considered to 
be serious or important. School administrators

may not have on-site expertise to address IEQ
problems and maintenance staffs are often ill
equipped to manage these additional duties.
There are relatively few school districts that 
have the resources to provide appropriate 
training for their staff in technical skills 
necessary for them to properly identify, 
evaluate, monitor or remediate IEQ concerns.”

The Green Schools Handbook
How to Protect Children in the Classroom and
Create Toxic-Free Environments

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from Sacred School Grounds

Sacred School Grounds
Established April 2012

Promoting Safe and Healthy Schools 
Through Parent Advocacy and 
Community Awareness
Sacred School Grounds

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Need for an Accurate Record

"Children are one third of our population and all of our future"

First Posted Jan. 2013

In an effort to better protect and serve the students, teachers, and support staff of CUSD, I am asking for assistance (information) from the Calaveras educational community. For many years it has been to the benefit of Calaveras Unified not to keep records or track information on critical health, maintenance, and management issues as they have occurred on school sites and campuses. By not keeping a record there is no history to refer to, no visible pattern or exposure of poor behavior or neglectful decisions. When there is no history to refer to, classrooms closed for mold (and repaired for mold) didn't actually happen; the classrooms were just randomly repaired and reopened for no apparent reason. Furthermore, there is no record (or evidence) of staff or students ever becoming ill while in the “randomly repaired” classrooms. Records matter. Records keep us from repeating poor decisions. When there is no history to refer to, complaints of neglectful administrative behavior go undocumented and unresolved; leaving no visible pattern (or history) of unprofessional behavior to correct or refer to. 

A record (as accurate as possible) needs to be generated in order to better serve and protect the current CUSD students and staff.


If you have questions, concerns, information, or documentation that you would like to share, discuss, or add to the written record, I can be contacted by email at:

--Allen Lujan

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Adding to The Written Record

Written Record - a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events

Paper Trail - the written evidence of someone's activities; "this paper trail consisted mainly of electronically stored information"

Casebook - a book in which detailed written records of a case are kept and which are a source of information for subsequent work

Chronology - a record of events in the order of their occurrence

Entry - an item inserted in a written record

Log - a written record of messages sent or received; "they kept a log of all transmission by the radio station"; "an email log"

Note - a brief written record; "he made a note of the appointment"

CopyTranscript - a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)

Registry - an official written record of names or events or transactions

MinutesTransactionsProceedings - a written account of what transpired at a meeting

Minute Book - a book in which minutes have been written

Statute Book - a record of the whole body of legislation in a given jurisdiction

Worksheet - a piece of paper recording work planned or done on a project

If you have information or documentation that you would like to add 
to the written record, I can be contacted at: