Letter: Further Minetto update 3/3March 3, 2023
Dear Minetto Elementary families,
I am writing with a follow up after yesterday’s events to provide further information and an update.
In addition to the other testing I mentioned in my letter yesterday, last night the Oswego County Hazardous Materials Team and representatives from the Syracuse City Fire Department Haz Mat Unit completed additional testing at Minetto to further ensure there were no air quality concerns. These tests were completed in the impacted classroom, surrounding areas and other classrooms throughout the building.
These tests, which encompass the ability to detect over 20,000 different chemicals, did not demonstrate any air quality concerns nor the presence of any chemicals or substances that would be harmful to staff or students.
In addition to testing, please know that our facilities and maintenance team also did a deep and thorough cleaning of the entire building. We have also replaced all of our filters out of an abundance of precaution.
With that said, at this time, it still seems the six students and one staff member from Thursday’s events were more likely impacted by an allergic reaction or viral infection.
As I stated yesterday, should any parents notice their children are developing rash-like symptoms, they should consult their child’s pediatrician or primary care doctor.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Minetto Elementary Principal Jennifer Sullivan. Thank you for your time and enjoy your weekend.
Yours in Education,
Dr. Mathis Calvin III