Albuquerque parent upset he wasn’t notified about asbestos in child’s school

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A parent said he was kept in the dark about an asbestos removal at his child’s school.

“Today is when I see this big sign that said asbestos,” said Joe Sedillo.

Sedillo said he saw the sign on a door in the main hallway at Alamosa Elementary when he picked his son up from school.

“It was just in plain sight, you know.  Basically, there’s classrooms open next door to the room where the asbestos cleanup was going on,” said Sedillo.

Concerned, he said he wanted answers.

“I went into the main office and asked for a person in charge and you know what’s going on with that asbestos cleanup, how come parents weren’t notified,” said Sedillo.

The parent said that’s when he got really upset.

“I didn’t like the way I was treated when I asked about it. It seemed like nobody even knew it was going on,” said Sedillo.

Sedillo said he felt like school leaders were clueless. He also said they never told him why parents weren’t notified.

“I would like a letter sent out, email sent out, anything sent out to all the parents letting them know this is going on at our school,” said Sedillo.

Albuquerque Public Schools officials told News 13 the plan was always to send out a letter Friday. They said its standard procedure for schools to notify parents.

They went on to say because the abatement doesn’t start until Saturday, they didn’t see any harm in sending out a letter the day before.

For Sedillo, he said he doesn’t understand why he wasn’t just told that when he asked about the problem.

Either way, he said parents should’ve been notified immediately.

“Their kids are being exposed to this and nobody knows,” said Sedillo.

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