Lafayette Academy parents pack meeting looking for answers from RSD

Lafayette Academy parents pack meeting looking for answers from RSD
Updated: Jul. 26, 2018 at 10:20 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It was standing room only at a meeting for Lafayette Academy parents.

They packed a room to hear from officials about reports of asbestos contamination and what would happen with their kids come the start of school.

Parents were upset tonight. Not just about the asbestos, but about transportation and security concerns at the two facilities where students will start the school year.

Officials say Lafayette Academy is contaminated with asbestos after a contractor made grave errors while removing it. Now students will be split between the old McDonogh 35 campus and Dunbar.

Lafayette Academy officials say they're working through logistics and still don't know what the hours will be. Other parents say they're concerned they weren't notified of a 2017 report detailing issues with asbestos containment areas.

We asked RSD officials why they didn't notify parents. They tell us the important this is the safety of the students and say the issues were addressed right away.

"When DEQ returned four days later, the concerns have been fully taken care of. As of knowledge by the DEQ report submitted on that day March 27," says Recovery School District Superintendent Kunjan Narechania.

Recovery School District officials say contractors did asbestos work for six days while children were in the building. During that time, they say all air quality tests indicated the air was clear.

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