Dear 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. Intact and undisturbed asbestos materials 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, Huntsville City 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 reinspection conducted during June of 2013 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. Huntsville City Schools developed a plan, as required, which has been continually updated. The plan also requires that a survey regarding the condition of these materials every six months to assure that they remain in good condition. If any signs of decay or damage are detected they are dealt with immediately.
The following buildings contain no asbestos-containing building materials; therefore, no operations and maintenance programs or future inspections are required: Blossomwood Elementary, Challenger Middle, Challenger Elementary, Columbia High, Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary, Hampton Cove Elementary, Hampton Cove Middle, Huntsville High, Jones Valley Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, Lee High, New Century Technology Center, Providence P-6, Weatherly Heights Elementary, Williams Elementary, and Williams Middle. During the past year, asbestos containing building materials have been removed, encapsulated, or enclosed in the following buildings: ASFL, Chaffee Elementary, Chapman P-8, and Ed White Middle School, Milton Frank Stadium, Montview Elementary, Morris Elementary and Whitesburg P-8. During the next year, we plan to conduct the following asbestos related activities at the following school buildings Whitesburg P-8 Demolition, MLK Jr. Elementary, Ridgecrest Elementary, and Farley Elementary.
It is the intention of Huntsville City Schools 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 a copy of the asbestos management plan in school district administrative office or administrative office of the school during regular business hours. Jessica Covington is our designed asbestos program coordinator, and all inquiries regarding the asbestos plan and asbestos-related issues should be directed to him at 256-428-8326.