• Staffers raised concerns over city pool hours before children got sick

    By: Ted Daniel

    Updated:

    BOSTON - "Sorry we are closed. The HVAC system is broken."

    That's what the sign reads on the door of the Flaherty Pool in Roslindale. As Boston 25 News first reported, the pool was shut down after several members of the Flaherty Dolphins Swim Team became ill during practice Tuesday night. 

    >> Kids begin coughing, vomiting after HVAC system failure at Roslindale pool

    The pool is operated and staffed by the Boston Centers for Children and Families, or BCYF. 

    "You're not able to tell me when you became aware of the problem with the pool?" Boston 25 News reported Ted Daniel asked BCYF Regional Manager Barbara Peccie.

    "We have protocol for hte city of Boston, if you could please call Sandy Holden she would be happy to answer any of your questions," Peccie told us. 

    When we reached out to a BCYF spokesperson, we received this statement:

    "BCYF assessed the situation Wednesday morning following concerns from staff regarding air quality on Tuesday night. After evaluating our options, we made the decision to close the pool immediately."

    The statement suggests BCYF wasn't aware of air quality issues until the kids got sick, but that's not the case.

    Boston 25 News has learned staffers first raised concerns about the problem Monday, more than 36 hours before the pool was closed.

    When we questions BCYF about the discrepancy, they sent us a new statement which reads:

    "BCYF deeply apologizes for the ventilation issues at our BCYF Flaherty Pool in Roslindale. We have loyal and dedicated swimmers who love the pool, and whose health we make a priority. We will reopen the pool as soon as it's repaired and health Inspectors conduct an inspection."

    Officials said repairs were expected to be completed by Friday.  

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