In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This law requires all K-12 schools to be inspected for asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM).
Within these inspections, all asbestos-containing building materials have been identified and will continue to be monitored. Users of District buildings, both children and adults, have not and will not be exposed to any level of free and harmful asbestos. Covering, enclosing (boxing in), or encapsulation (painting, wrapping, or otherwise sealing) ACBM has provided the necessary protection from any possible hazards.
Lead in Water Notification
Listed below are the updated drinking water test results. These test results represent drinking water fixtures and kitchen fixtures used for food preparation. This test is completed every six (6) years.
What is Radon?
In 2015 the Oregon legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2931 to assess elevated radon levels in Oregon school. HYP 2931 later became Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 332.166-167. Under hte statute, school districts are to submit a plan to the Oregon Health Authority by September 1, 2016 with actual testing of the schools completed on or before January 1, 2021. The test results are then to be sent to OHA and posted on the school or school district's website.
Radon comes from natural deposits of uranium in the soil. It is found everywhere in the world. Uranium naturally decays into radium that further breaks down into radon gas. While some geographic areas have more radon than others, the only way to determine a building's radon level is to test it. Any building has the potential for elevated levels of radon. Because radon is a gas, it cam move up through the soil, allowing it to enter buildings in contact with the soil. Radon is typically at its highest concentration in the lower portion of a building. Once radon enters a building, it is easily dispersed through the air. It then begins a radioactive decay process that leads to creating radon decay products. Radon gas itself is relatively harmless until it produces these decay products. The decay products release damaging energy particles that strike lung tissue and lead to lung tissue damage if inhaled. (Source: Testing for Elevated Radon in Oregon Schools: A Protocol and Plan, Version 1.0 - 2016, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, p. 8)
What is Integrated Pest Management?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process for achieving long-term, environmentally sound pest suppression through various tactics. Control strategies in an IPM program include structural and procedural improvements to reduce food, shelter, water, and access used by pests. It is a way of managing pests that takes human health and the environment into account. The focus is prevention. Pesticides are only used when absolutely necessary (emergencies, or when non-chemical measures alone were unsuccessful).