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Hawaii schools re-open after devastating wildfires, but parents fear they’re not yet safe

Public schools across Lahaina in Maui County, Hawaii, have reopened following the deadly August wildfires, but parents are concerned the buildings could expose their children to toxic waste.

A day before the schools’ reopening on October 15, Hawaii public health officials warned that ash from the mountain Kula, located just 25 miles east of Lahaina, contained arsenic levels 140 times higher than the federal safety limit.

According to Vox, parents were shocked when the superintendent of the Hawaii public school system, Keith Hayashi, said that students would be expected to return to class despite the environmental dangers.

“You can’t experience something like that and just expect everything to return to normal in a few months,” Maui County Council member Tamara Paltin told the news outlet.

State officials have also installed air quality monitors that detect levels of fine particulate matter, which can indicate large toxins.

Despite these measures, hundreds of Lahaina families have transferred their kids to nearby charter or private schools.

“Where will these officials be if our kids get sick five, 10, 15 years down the line? I do not want to be part of a class action lawsuit,” Paltin said. “I do not want to see a television commercial saying something like ‘if your kids went to Lahaina public schools between 2023 and 2025, call this law office.’ I want my kids to be safe.”

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Nikolas Lanum is an associate editor for Fox News Digital.


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