The state of Washington requires public schools to provide notification of asbestos in school buildings.
Dear Parents, Teachers, Building Occupants, and Employee Organizations:
Uncontrolled asbestos contamination in buildings can be a significant environmental and public health problem. Both the public and private sectors have been dealing with asbestos issue for many years. In 1986, Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) that requires school districts to identify asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in their buildings and take appropriate action to control the release of asbestos fibers. In 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a regulatory program, which enforces the AHERA.
In compliance with AHERA regulations, our school facilities have been inspected by an EPA accredited building inspector. During the inspection, samples were taken of building materials suspected of containing asbestos. The results of the inspection and laboratory analysis of the samples have confirmed the presence of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) in our school facilities. It is important to note these materials are in a form and condition that does not pose a health threat to students,
faculty or employees.
With confirmation of the presence of asbestos-containing material, an Asbestos Management Plan was developed for our schools and district by an EPA accredited management planner. The Management Plan includes inspection and physical assessment reports, a training program for our custodial and maintenance personnel, and plans and procedures to be followed to minimize disturbance of the asbestos containing material. Every three years, a re-inspection by an accredited inspector must be
conducted on all asbestos containing building material (ACBM) to determine whether the condition of the ACBM has changed, and to make recommendations on managing or removing the ACBM. The next
scheduled EPA re-inspection is January 2022.
The following buildings, when constructed/remodeled, were abated from known asbestos containing materials, and non-asbestos-containing materials was specified in the construction or reconstruction, therefore, no maintenance programs or future inspections are required in these buildings: Oak Harbor High School, Hillcrest Elementary, Oak Harbor Elementary North, both Midway/Transition portables, North Whidbey Middle School, Oak Harbor Middle School, and the Administration building.
During January 2019, the school district conducted a re-inspection of all school district facilities. A periodic surveillance inspection will be conducted every six months to check the condition of the remaining asbestos within the district and to determine if action is required.
For further details on the locations of the remaining ACBM or activities that may involve ACBM, please contact our maintenance office during regular office hours. Brian Hunt, Facilities Director, is designated “Asbestos Coordinator,” and inquiries regarding the asbestos in our district should be directed to him at 360.279.5960.
Oak Harbor Public Schools