Recent Key Documents
Letters from Elected Officials
Other Letters of Support
"Eventually, the school administration, teachers, and even the UFT came around to support us. Unfortunately, as the construction started, students and teachers began experiencing health problems such as bloody noses, breathing issues and unexplainable headaches. Had it not been for the organizing of parents and the community, the City would have subjected our school community to years of incalculable exposure to toxins and years of an intolerable learning environment. We forced them to not put us at risk. Fightfor51 stands with the parents of PS 163 leading this fight and their call to prioritize the health and safety of the school community rather than the interests of private developers. No matter the community we are in—the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Hell’s Kitchen, or the Upper West Side—our actions must be informed by these lessons: 1) once we lose our health, we cannot regain it, and 2) never entrust our health and the health of our families to those with competing interests."
"General guidelines for classroom noise have been proposed because ambient noise may negatively affect the understanding of speech in a classroom- we recommend that ambient noise in the classroom during construction remain below these guidelines. For those with normal speech processing, maximum classroom ambient noise is recommended to be 40 dBA for children 8 to 9 years of age, 38 dBA for children 10 to 11 years, 34.5 dBA for children 8 to 9 years, and 28.5 dBA for children 6 to 7 years old. Vulnerable groups- those suspected of delayed speech processing in noise- need quieter environments (21.5 dBA for 6 to 7 years old)."