The myth of San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten’s operational competence has sprung a huge leak!
District Deeds has learned from multiple sources in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) that a deluge of flood and roofing leak disaster reports have swamped the SDUSD Police Department radio airwaves since the El Niño rains have begun!
Despite the wide media coverage of El Niño, the woefully inexperienced SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten has made no preparation for the widely predicted weather disaster. This total lack of weather disaster planning by Marten has spurred a huge number of requests for sandbags, electricians to turn off power and buckets for classrooms turning school sites into hazard sites and risking the safetly and health of all school site Students, Teachers, Staff and Visitors.
The first risk caused by the Marten inexperience is ELECTROCUTION of Students and Site Staff! Without El Niño preparation of sandbags, signs and electrical shutoff protocols, school site Students and Staff are at risk of getting slightly shocked…or much worse.
Proof of this lack of preparation by Marten comes in the form of emails from her staff to school sites AFTER the WIDELY PREDICTED El Niño rainfall and flooding had begun prompted by the school site disaster calls.
The first email was sent yesterday by Area Superintendents…here is the one from Marne Foster Henchman Lamont Jackson:
Please report leaks/floods to your BSS. Your BSS should communicate urgent needs to PPO department. Do not contact school police for these matters. School Police is already in contact with PPO and will assist as needed. Thank you!
Administrative Assistant to
Lamont A. Jackson – Area 2 Superintendent
San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal Street, Room 2038
San Diego, CA 92103
The second email TODAY came from Linda Zintz, SDUSD Propaganda Communications Director:
To: All School Site Administrators
From: Physical Plant Operations (PPO)
RE: Rain and Water Intrusion Problems
In anticipation of additional heavy rains this afternoon and the remainder of the week, Physical Plant Operations has instructed all BSS and POS employees to generate work orders for any storm related issues that need to be addressed at sites. The work order should include:
• The type of rain damage or water intrusion (i.e. roof leak, classroom flooding, etc.)
• If and how many sandbags are needed for water diversion purposes
• If additional custodial support is needed (please specify)
The Work Order Desk, 858-627-7250, will remain open for phone calls until 5:30 p.m. today. After 5:30 p.m., sites should call School Police Dispatch, 619-291-7678. Please check with your site custodial staff to make sure they have the above information.
In addition, if water intrusion or rain damage creates a safety hazard for students or staff, please contact School Police Dispatch immediately.
Thank you for your attention and be safe.
Obviously the Principals at each school site WERE NOT instructed of the El Niño weather disaster protocols for site weather emergencies, leaving them and their Students and Teachers at risk, because THOSE PROTOCOLS DO NOT EXIST or else THESE EMAILS FROM JACKSON AND ZINTZ WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN NECESSARY!
These ridiculous emails AFTER the fact only address the initial risks the lack of planning by Marten caused.
Unfortunately NO ONE at the Elementary, Middle or High Schools is professionally prepared or able to determine “if water intrusion or rain damage creates a safety hazard for students or staff”.
How is the site staff to determine what contaminated, disease filled sewage water students and teachers had to wade through between classes due to not having sandbags to divert the flow and create safe pathways…and what illnesses will those individuals incur because of it?
Plus the LONG RANGE health damage to STUDENTS, TEACHERS and STAFF is just beginning.
The “safety hazard” of Mold and Mildew to students and school site staff health can only be determined by a Mold Remediation Specialist and scientific analysis.
The DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has published an extensive Report report that says:
Office buildings, schools, and other nonindustrial buildings may develop moisture and dampness problems from roof and window leaks, high indoor humidity, and flooding events, among other things. This can lead to the growth of mold, fungi, and bacteria; the release of volatile organic compounds; and the breakdown of building materials. We use the term “mold” for a group of fungi that are common on wet materials.
…and what those “roof and window leaks” might cause:
Research studies have shown that exposures to building dampness and mold have been associated with respiratory symptoms, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rhinosinusitis, bronchitis, and respiratory infections. Individuals with asthma or hypersensitivity pneumonitis may be at risk for progression to more severe disease if the relationship between illness and exposure to the damp building is not recognized and exposures continue.
And who is responsible for the risk…
Building dampness and subsequent respiratory illness in some building occupants (including children) occur in part from a lack of knowledge and understanding of the nature and severity of these problems among designers, builders, building owners, employers, and building occupants.
We can add totally inexperienced Elementary School Superintendents like Cindy Marten…Falla Peligroso”…a “Dangerous Failure” to that list!
Unfortunately we all know Supt. Cindy Marten WILL NOT be held accountable by the Board of Education and will collectively cover up and deny responsibility for illnesses and injury to Students, Teachers, Site Staff and Visitors caused by her lack of experience.
In fact, there has been a history of DENYING responsibility for illnesses related to the mold caused by the leaky roofs.
Back in 2009, two SDUSD Schools were demolished to cover up SDUSD liability. Here is a YouTube video from Cox Channel 4 showing the negative health impact of mold on Teachers and Students, a lawsuit at those schools and the SDUSD denial:
We must expect that Marten will do the same and take no RESPONSIBILITY for her inept lack of planning in this crisis.
Every SDUSD Stakeholder at EVERY school site that had either leaking roofs or flooding MUST insist that the SDUSD and their school FOLLOW THE STEP BY STEP RECOMMENDATIONS in an extensive Report by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and have the results published so all SDUSD Stakeholders, especially students, can be sure their health is protected when attending, working. volunteering or visiting SDUSD schools.
If not, your life is in the hands of Inept Superintendent Cindy Marten – the Falla Peligroso!
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