Fire safety laws hinder classroom prep

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Madera teachers hoping to prepare their classrooms for the upcoming school year face a big challenge this year — less than 10 percent of their classroom walls can be decorated with non-flame-retardant materials.

“I think that may have always been the ordinance, but this is the first year they are really enforcing it,” said Alvina Carrillo, a kindergarten teacher at Nishimoto Elementary School in Madera. “I can’t start decorating my room until the fire retardant paper comes in.”

The county fire marshal inspected several classrooms at Madera Unified School District sites last school year and informed teachers and principals that there was a state code limiting what kind of materials can be displayed in a classroom, said Nishimoto principal Raul Lozano.

“I had all the teachers remove everything (from the classroom walls) at the end of last school year so that when they start putting things back up this year it will all be in compliance with the code,” he said. “The district ordered flame-retardant butcher paper that teachers can use in their classroom and also a flame retardant spray that they can use on other materials so they can also put them up.” ...

 

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