Health & Safety Annual Notifications 2018-2019

Annual Notifications

AHERA 40 CFR Part 763.83 Section (c)
Rochester Public Schools is in full compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The act requires that all public and private K‐12 school buildings be inspected for asbestos
containing materials. Regulations in the act also require development of a management plan that outlines scheduled building surveys semiannually and inspections every three years.

It is important to note that asbestos‐containing materials do not pose a health risk unless the asbestos is in an airborne condition. If a material has been identified as containing asbestos, a program is
implemented to ensure that the material is maintained in good condition and that appropriate precautions are followed so that it does not become dangerous.

The District’s intent is to promote a safe and healthy environment for all building occupants. To accomplish this goal, the district uses licensed asbestos contractors to respond to the proper maintenance or removal of identified material. These response actions are recorded and included with each building’s asbestos management plan. All plans are available for review by appointment.

Rochester Public Schools is proud to take a leadership role in providing a safe, comfortable, and productive environment for students and staff. These initiatives support the district’s aim of
providing education in a safe and welcoming environment. Improving indoor air quality is an important aspect. The District follows U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines to improve indoor air
quality (IAQ). Each District site has an IAQ representative to assist in coordinating this program. Site representatives may be contacted through the school office.

Minnesota state law requires schools to inform parents and guardians if they apply certain pesticides on school property. Specifically, schools that apply these pesticides must maintain an estimated schedule of pesticide applications and make the schedule available to parents and guardians for review or copying at each school office. As a courtesy we also offer this notification to the general public via our website. State law also requires that you be told that the long‐term health effects on children from the application of such pesticides or the class of chemicals to which they belong may not be fully understood. Parents or guardians may request prior notification of individual pesticide applications at the school site.

Minnesota Statute 121A.335 requires public school buildings serving kindergarten through grade 12 to test for lead in water every five years. This statute also requires school districts to make the results
of the testing available to the public for review and to notify parents of the availability of the information.

Rochester Public School District has a lead in water management plan and testing program that complies with Minnesota Statute 121A.335, as well as recommendations from the Environmental
Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

For more information, or to review the District management plans, contact the office of the Rochester Public Schools Coordinator of Health & Safety, Facilities Service Center (FSC), 3935 Hwy 14 East or 507-328-4507.

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