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Jerry Jordan on Two-Day Closure of Ben Franklin/SLA

September 30, 2019

During tests over the weekend, the PFT Health & Welfare Fund discovered damaged asbestos materials in two areas of the school that are under construction.

PHILADELPHIA–“The PFT is glad that the District and the union agree that the asbestos levels in two areas of Ben Franklin/Science Leadership Academy make it too dangerous to allow students, staff, and the school community to enter the building at this time. The decision to close the school tomorrow and Wednesday is the correct one.

“Using the asbestos action plan as a guide, we look forward to working with the District on efforts to quickly and safely remove the asbestos, and to ensuring that the building remains unoccupied until we can assure the safety of anyone who enters the school.”

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