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would you let your kid attend a school that is under construction?

We have homeschooled for kindergarten, but my son would like to go to public school for first grade. I have just learned that the school will be under construction for the next three years due to a leaky roof among other things. the construction will take place at night and weekends.

my concern is my sons health. it will obviously be a transition for him being exposed to many germs he hadnt before, but now on top of that im worried about mold and dust from construction. am i being overly paranoid?
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Probably not. If they were trying to repair quickly then yes or if it had a reputation of being an amazing school and were partnering with a university to maintain best practices then I would consider it. It doesn't sound like this is the case though.

I've attended schools like this and they had actual health hazards that were fixed only after a zoning attempt to put kids together by ses rather than proximity to schools made the community irate. The teachers were very good but that's because it was a small town with a teaching college so they were able to be choosy about hiring and good teachers were willing to take the job because the travel time wasn't great and crime wasn't an issue. In some places it's hard to get experienced teachers because crime and travel time make the positions less desirable. They tend to get new and unqualified teachers instead. If that is the case for this school I would look for other options.
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the school is in nyc, and seems, for the most, a great community to be apart of. However, because we applied late, we wont be able to have a tour. Does anyone know of some good questions to ask the administration that would help me learn more about how the construction will affect to health of the kids?
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Ask about old paint. Is there lead?
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I'd ask which roofs are leaking, is it just the roof to the building or are some of the ceilings in lower level classrooms leaking because of damage. I'd ask about the quality of the pipes, my brother was in a classroom that was moved due to toilet pipes from the floor above leaking in. It would also probably be good to know whether the damage affects the heating and cooling system.
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We have homeschooled for kindergarten, but my son would like to go to public school for first grade. I have just learned that the school will be under construction for the next three years due to a leaky roof among other things. the construction will take place at night and weekends.

my concern is my sons health. it will obviously be a transition for him being exposed to many germs he hadnt before, but now on top of that im worried about mold and dust from construction. am i being overly paranoid?
Lots of schools that aren't under repair have mold and dust.

I'm certain your son will be safe from lead paint, and sewage leaks should be addressed promptly.

IMO, this is a minor issue. A child living in NYC is exposed to plenty of environmental pollution on a daily basis, and six-year-olds are well past the age when every fever and sniffle is a crisis. If this is his first exposure to group care, he will get sick a few times throughout the year, but unless he has a health problem you haven't mentioned, a few days of rest at home will set him right.

Do you want him to go to school? I think you need to be honest with yourself and with your son if you think school is not the best choice for his education.
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