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Guest Post: To be an Idol, you can’t Idle

State Law Mandates No Idling on School Grounds

Global warming. Air Pollution. Smog. These are topics that make the news every single day. But did you know that limiting something you may do daily could have a major effect on reducing the impact we have on our environment? Idling! Idling occurs any time your car is stopped but the engine is running, and it occurs more often than you may think. Whether stopped at a red light, waiting in the drive through, or sitting waiting to pick up your child from school, we spend a significant amount of time idling.

An idling car uses a significant amount of fuel (anywhere between 1⁄5 and 7/10 of a gallon per hour) depending on the car or truck. With gas prices going up, idling costs you money. Contrary to popular belief, a car does not use more gas to restart the engine than to keep in idle. In fact, idling for more than 10 seconds uses more gas than if the engine was shut off. Another popular belief is that the engine needs to warm up before it can be driven. However, that is not the case with modern engines, and the engine actually warms twice as quickly when being driven. There are many obvious economic and environmental benefits from not idling, but there also many health benefits too, particularly for your children. And guess what? IT’S THE LAW!!

A law you ask? Yes! Massachusetts state law (540 CMR) mandates that vehicles not be idling on school grounds or else risk a penalty of $100 for the first offense, possibly escalating to $500 for subsequent offenses. Those fines may hurt the wallet, but idling hurts the body. Idling cars release the same pollutants that moving cars do, and the stationary nature of idling cars leads to the pollutants building up and possibly entering the school building through the ventilation system. The exhaust of cars is linked to adverse health effects such as asthma, allergies, heart disease, increased risk of cancers, and other lung problems (EMA).

So ask yourself…is the minor inconvenience of turning the engine off and on worth the health, economic, and environmental benefits of reducing idling time? We think so. After all, to be an idol, you can’t idle!!

Written By: Jason Biundo and Azam Baig BHS Class Of 2017 and AP Environmental Science

Students Extraordinaire!

Works Cited

Leibrock, Amy “10 Reasons to Turn Off an Idling Car.” Sustainable America . Web. 08 May 2017.

“Attention Drivers! Turn off Your Idling Engines.” Environmental Defense Fund . Web. 08 May 2017.

“Everything You Need To Know About Idling.” EMA . Web. 08 May 2017.

Lawlib. “540 CMR: Registry of Motor Vehicles.” Court System . 07 May 2014. Web. 08 May 2017.

“The Facts about Idling Your Car.” Boston.gov . 17 July 2016. Web. 08 May 2017.

BHS Teacher, Jill Graham Honored with Outstanding Science Teacher Award

The Burlington Science Center

The Burlington Science Center is proud to honor and highlight the career achievements of Burlington High School science teacher, Jill Graham with the North Shore Science Supervisor Association’s 2017 Outstanding Science Teacher Award.

IMG_6204Jill exemplifies the meaning of an outstanding science educator. She has been teaching in Burlington for  14 years. Jill has taught a variety of different science courses such as biology, env science, oceanography, and general science.  She has taught all levels of these courses from basic instruction to AP.  

Jill advises the Students for Environmental Action club at the high school. The goal of her club is to raise environmental awareness at Burlington High School and in the Burlington community. Jill head spears the recycling program at BHS and works with members of the community for recycling. The club also participates in community outreach programs like bikes not bombs and storm drain tagging.

Jill is also the…

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Safety Protocol Terminology Reminder

Back in August, we posted information about our new safety protocol that we were using in Burlington Public Schools.  We are fortunate that we have not had to use any of these protocols up until yesterday when we had a lockout in all of our schools.  Due to the fact that there were a few questions, we thought we would share the terminology of our standard safety protocol again.

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Burlington Schools Briefly Placed on Lockout Following Threats

BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent reports that Burlington schools were briefly placed in lockout mode following a report that a woman who made threats to harm people was in town from out of state.

At approximately 1:20 p.m., Burlington Police received a report from the Merrimack New Hampshire Police Department that a woman had made threats over social media to harm people with a firearm.

The Merrimack Police Department informed Burlington that a trace of the woman’s cell phone indicated that she was in Burlington.

Out of an abundance of caution, the schools were placed on lockout mode, meaning no one could go in or out of the building.

Parents were alerted to the matter through ConnectED, however, classes continued as normal and there was no disruption to class.

Lockout mode was lifted at 1:55 p.m., after Burlington Police were notified by Merrimack Police that a second ping of the cell phone indicated that the woman was never in Burlington and was actually in a North Shore community.

Subsequent traces of the woman’s cell phone indicated that she was in Manchester by the Sea, and then the Peabody area.

Chief Kent states that there is no danger to the Burlington community.

Additional media inquiries should be directed to the Manchester by the Sea Police Department, which is coordinating the search.

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A Great Day for our Special Olympians

Our Burlington Public Schools Special Olympians competed yesterday with the Special Olympians from Wilmington Public Schools.   Congratulations to all of our Special Olympians on their successful performances yesterday!  Please check out the videos and pictures below from this great day.

This event was made possible thanks to the exceptional efforts of our special teachers and our Director of Special Education Louise D’Amato.

The students at Pine Glen gave their fellow Pine Glenners a great send off! 

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