Health and safety committees 

Keeping on keeping on despite pandemic times  By Dorothy Wigmore  Mold in the ceiling? Expected to use toxic chemicals, especially without training or protective gear? Dealing with poor ventilation and…

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Violence is much more than guns

Prevention must go further too  By Dorothy Wigmore  In late January, Morris Knolls High School got a scare. A student brought a device resembling a 9-mm gun to school. It…

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You call this cold?

Dealing with cold stress – inside and outside  By Dorothy Wigmore  Temperatures hover near freezing during the day and below it at night. Snowstorms are predicted. Or maybe it’s freezing…

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Overcrowded schools and classrooms

A longstanding problem is even worse during COVID-19 By Debra Coyle If you work in a New Jersey school, you’ve probably witnessed firsthand the problem of overcrowded classrooms. Students scrambling for…

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Mercury-laced floors don’t belong in schools

By Dorothy Wigmore “One, two, three, four. We don’t want the mercury floor.” That’s essentially the message more and more New Jersey school staff, their union and community-based advocates are…

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Get the word out: Check those gym floors for mercury

By Dorothy Wigmore "Local leaders should ask the administration about those rubberized floors," says Tracie Yostpille. "If you have them, they need to be tested." As president of Freehold Township…

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Stressed out in this pandemic? You’re not alone

By Dorothy Wigmore The evidence is in. The pandemic is taking a huge toll on education workers’ mental health. Physical health is next. Recent surveys in New Jersey, Canada and…

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Get all the lead out

It’s way overdue! By Dorothy Wigmore School drinking water. “Building back better.” Environmental racism. They’re all involved in accelerating efforts to “get the lead out.” They’ve been helped by calls…

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Vaccinations promote school nurses’ role

But health and safety questions must be addressed By Dorothy Wigmore Asking questions is important these days. Many deal with pandemic health and safety issues for education staff and students.…

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