Building Work 

Over the summer, we decided not to use one of our classrooms due to an odor that permeated the room. We were unable to locate the source of the smell in the basement or within the classroom itself. When we went to investigate the crawl space in the attic, we discovered that we had no access to that area. This requires us to cut a hole into the classroom ceiling so we can investigate the area in the hopes of discovering the source of the smell, mitigate the cause, and restore the classroom back to regular use.

As a precaution, we had the ceiling tile, and glue that holds the ceiling tiles to the ceiling tested for Asbestos. The test results came back positive.  Asbestos in the glue, or in other solid, when undisturbed, is not necessarily a concern. However, in particle form, the inhalation of these particles is potentially hazardous.

As a result, we will have a professional environmental service coming into the school to create access into the attic area and abate the Asbestos in the area that we disturb. This work will occur on Friday, October 20, 2017, when students are not in school and faculty and staff are at professional development off-campus. Additionally, we are working with our architects to make sure we mitigate any Asbestos concerns after the access hole is cut and panel is installed.

We may take further steps, depending on our investigation in the attic. If we determine that we need to fully abate the classroom to rectify the smell issue, we will do this work later in the year again when students, faculty, and staff are not in the building.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Posted by gloverd41 On 17 October, 2017 at 2:32 PM  

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