Annual Health & Safety Notification

ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires that each school district notify workers and building occupants annually regarding asbestos-related activities.  Until the late seventies, asbestos was commonly used in commercial and residential building materials such as floor tile, fire-proofing spray, and thermal system insulation used on pipes, tanks, and boilers.

All of our school buildings were inspected for asbestos-containing materials according to AHERA protocol, using state accredited inspectors.  Management plans are continually updated and available for review by contacting the principal’s office at the following schools:  Family Center, Princeton High School, Princeton Intermediate School and Princeton Student Services.

AHERA also requires that the district conduct surveillance inspections every six months to evaluate the condition of asbestos-containing materials and have a state certified inspector completely re-inspect our buildings every three years.  This is done to ensure that these materials are maintained in a safe condition.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Department of Education have recommended that asbestos-containing materials be maintained in-place whenever possible.  Asbestos abatement has taken place at the Family Center in the prior school year.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may contact the District’s asbestos program administrator, Keith Barlage, Buildings and Grounds Director at 763-389-6187, or Michelle Czech, Director of Business Services at 763-389-6183.

PESTICIDE AND HERBICIDE APPLICATION NOTIFICATION

A Minnesota law requires the district to inform parents and guardians that the district applies certain pesticides and herbicides on school property.  The law requires the district to maintain an estimated schedule of pesticide applications and make the schedule available to parents and guardians for review.  This schedule, as well as health and safety information on each chemical used for pesticide and herbicide application is now available at the Buildings and Grounds Office.

The law also requires that you be told that the long-term effects on children from the application of pesticides and herbicides or the class of chemicals to which they belong may not be fully understood.  Further, the law does not “affect the duty of a parent or student to comply with the compulsory attendance law.”  A parent or student may not use the application of pesticides or herbicides as a reason for a student not attending school.  A commercial pest control company inspects each building quarterly and applies pesticides in affected areas on an as-needed basis, typically once per year in each building.  No category I, II, or III pesticides are used.  The estimated schedule for pesticide application for 2020-2021 school year:  October 16th 2020, December 28th 2020, April 5th 2021 and July 9th 2021.

Please keep in mind that these dates are subject to change.  If you would like to be contacted prior to pesticide and herbicide application (excluding emergency applications) or if you have questions regarding this notice, you may contact the program administrator, Keith Barlage, Buildings and Grounds Director at 763-389-6187, or Michelle Czech, Director of Business Services at 763-389-6183.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

The District has developed an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plan that contains information for concerned parents and staff regarding the air quality in the schools.  This management plan also contains plans for addressing any known issues and locations where more information can be obtained.  As specified by the requirements of the Minnesota Department of Education, the Princeton district is notifying all staff and parents that the IAQ Coordinator is Keith Barlage, Buildings and Grounds Director, who can be reached at 763-389-6187.  Please contact the IAQ Coordinator if you should have any questions, concerns, or would like to view the IAQ Management Plan.  In that person’s absence, you may contact Michelle Czech, Director of Business Services at 763-389-6183.

Additional information about Indoor Air Quality, including parental checklists for at home, can be found on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.

The Princeton School District has taken a proactive approach to health and safety and will react to your concerns in a timely manner.  Please feel free to utilize the Health and Safety Department as your resource for information or to express your concerns.

LEAD IN WATER

Princeton Public Schools would like to inform all parents, staff, and community members that ISD #477 has a complete and updated Lead in Water Program in which the goal is to provide lead safe drinking water sources throughout all its facilities.

Lead is a heavy metal that usually enters water through distribution systems, including pipes, solder, fixtures, and valves.  When ingested, it can interfere with brain development and lead to other health problems, especially in young children.  Lead levels may increase when water sits undisturbed in the system.  Hastings Schools has developed a routine testing program intended to identify the presence of lead in water and to reduce levels of lead as indicated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  This program consists of periodic testing, following the testing protocol established by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education, and remediation.

Princeton Public Schools regularly samples water sources every five years, with the most recent being July 2019, and plans to continue on that schedule.  If interested in discussing the Lead in Drinking Water program or test results, please contact the District’s contact person regarding Lead in Water, Keith Barlage, Buildings and Grounds Director, at 763-389-6187.

Additional information about Lead in Water, including what actions parents can take at home, can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) website at https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/lead/.

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