In 2017-2018, parents became alarmed when children were sickened after new carpet was installed in four classrooms at Beamer Park elementary. The same carpet was installed in two dozen dozen classrooms (list here.) If your child also experienced headaches, stomach aches, and more, please let us know.
Learn more about the symptoms of environmental illness in children.
The trustees voted not to remove the carpet at Beamer Elementary on February 8, 2018, but we kept researching and organizing around the issue.
In June 2019, the trustees passed a moratorium on carpet installations for the summer and the district instead began to pilot test some new eco-floors.
In August, Trustee Zavala moved to create a sustainable flooring committee to draft a district policy. Coalition members, teachers, and facilities staff researched policies and best practices across the country and drafted this flooring policy presented to the board on December 11, 2019 and reported here and here.
We look forward to working with the district to raise the estimated $2 million needed to phase out carpets with safer and more hygienic floors that will last twenty, thirty years or more. Although the upfront costs are slightly higher, the district will save money in the long run.
On 12/19/19, the Woodland Joint Unified School Trustees unanimously adopted a new sustainable floor policy that bans PFAS, lead, 4-PC, PBDEs, phthalates, and other hazardous chemicals commonly found in school carpets.
Download our press release here.
Check out the WJUSD press release, too, here.
FOR FURTHER BACKGROUND ON CARPET TOXICITY, see:
Read the shocking 2017 report that found 43 hazardous chemicals in everyday carpets.
Read the next 2018 investigation that found toxic substances in every major U.S. carpet tested, even "green label" carpets
Download a WCGS press release here.
An editorial in response to the trustee vote, “Low Down on Carpet” by Liza Grandia can be downloaded here.
Woodland Daily Democrat “Carpet Causes Controversy at Woodland School” (12/27/17)
See other videos and news reports on the carpet industry here.