March 20, 2023
Parents, Students, Faculty, and Building Occupants:
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.
Our building at Woods was constructed in 2008, and to the best of our knowledge (and our architect's and our builder's) no asbestos containing building materials (ACBMs) have ever been included in its construction nor brought in to the building subsequently.
In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) which requires schools to be inspected to identify any asbestos containing building materials. Every three years, we conduct a reinspection to confirm that no ACBMs are present in our building . The last reinspection for Woods was conducted on March 20, 2023 and the resulting Management Plans detail the inspection findings, and outlines the response actions the school district intends to implement.
To accomplish these goals, the school district now has on file the approved Asbestos Management Plan for the school facility. The provisions of the plan are being implemented in a timely and on-going fashion. It is the school district’s desire to provide a safe and healthy facility for all students, employees and visitors.
The purpose of this letter is to satisfy the requirements of AHERA for written notice of the availability of the management Plan for review. Should you desire, please contact the Local Education Authority (LEA) for further details.