PHILADELPHIA–As of this week, over 1,000 school building issues have been reported using the PFT’s Healthy Schools Tracker app. Since January, educators, parents and community members have used the app to photograph and report problems in schools ranging from lead and asbestos hazards to air quality issues and rodent infestation.
Reports from the Healthy School Tracker are submitted in real-time directly to the PFT Health & Welfare Fund, which shares the information with the District. Images and reports from the app have been the catalyst for news stories about issues at schools like Ben Franklin High School/Science Leadership Academy and T.M. Peirce Elementary. Recent updates to the app include a feature that allows users to see the repair status for any issues they report.
“We’re glad that so many people have been able to use our app to report what they see in their buildings,” said PFT President Jerry Jordan, “Instead of relying on phone calls and anecdotes, this technology has given us the ability to truly see what’s happening in schools, follow up and work with the District on the most critical issues.”
Images from the app have also been shared with state and local elected leaders as the PFT and the Fund Our Facilities Coalition continue their efforts to secure an immediate $170 million investment for emergency school building repairs.
“We can talk all day to politicians about school building conditions in Philadelphia, but the ability to show them actual photographs has made a huge difference,” said Jordan, “A picture is worth 1,000 words. Unfortunately, we have well over 1,000 photos that demonstrate the seriousness of our school building crisis.”
The PFT Healthy Schools Tracker app can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and the Apple Store
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