Details for September 12, 2020 Notice to Albemarle County Public School Parents

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September 12, 2020 Notice to Albemarle County Public School Parents, Teachers, Building Occupants, and Employee Organizations: In the past, asbestos was used extensively in building materials because of its insulating, sound absorbing, and fire retarding capabilities. Virtually any building constructed before the late 1970s contained some asbestos. Intact and undisturbed asbestos materials generally do not pose a health risk. Asbestos materials, however, can become hazardous when, due to damage or deterioration over time, they release fibers. If the fibers are inhaled, they can lead to health problems, such as cancer and asbestosis. In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) which requires schools to be inspected to identify any asbestos containing building materials. Suspected asbestos-containing building materials were located, sampled (or assumed) and rated according to condition and potential hazard. Every three years, Albemarle County Public Schools has conducted a reinspection to determine whether the condition of the known or assumed asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) has changed and to make recommendations on managing or removing the ACBM. At the last reinspections conducted in 2017, all materials listed in the Management Plan as asbestos-containing (or assumed to be asbestos-containing) were inspected and found to be in good condition. The law further requires an asbestos management plan to be in place by July 1989. The school division developed plans, as required, which have been continually updated. The plans have several ongoing requirements: publish a notification on management plan availability and the status of asbestos activities; educate and train its employees about asbestos and how to deal with it; notify short-term or temporary workers on the locations of the asbestos containing building materials; post warning labels in routine maintenance areas where asbestos was previously identified or assumed; follow set plans and procedures designed to minimize the disturbance of asbestos containing building materials; and survey the condition of these materials every six months to assure that they remain in good condition. The following buildings contain no asbestos-containing building materials; therefore, no operations and maintenance programs or future inspections are required: Agnor-Hurt Elementary, Baker-Butler Elementary, Cale Elementary, Crozet Elementary, Ivy Creek/PREP, Meriwether Lewis Elementary, Monticello High, and Sutherland Middle. During the past year, some asbestos-containing building materials have been removed in the following buildings: Albemarle High, Brownsville Elementary, Jouett Middle, Walton Middle, Western Albemarle High. It is the intention of the school division to comply with all federal and state regulations controlling asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees a healthy and safe environment in which to learn and work. You are welcome to review the asbestos management plans in the Building Services office or administrative office of each school during regular business hours. Lindsay Snoddy is our designated asbestos program coordinator, and all inquiries regarding the asbestos plan and asbestos-related issues should be directed to her at (434) 975-9340 or lcsnoddy@k12albemarle.org.

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