Building and Grounds
Public Notice of Fire Inspections 2021
In accordance with Education Law, Section 807-a 5 (b) and (c), within 20 days after the report is filed with the State Education Department, the school authorities shall cause public notice of the filing of the report to be given, substantially, in the following form:
“Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for 2021 of the school buildings of Washingtonville High School, Washingtonville Middle School, Little Britain Elementary, Round Hill Elementary and Taft Elementary of the Washingtonville Central School District for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, employees therein, has been completed and the report thereof is available at the office of Washingtonville Central School District at 52 West Main Street, Washingtonville, NY 10992 for inspection by all interested persons."
ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT (AHERA) 2019-20 NOTIFICATION
The Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires public and private non-profit primary and secondary schools to inspect their buildings for asbestos-containing building materials. This Act went into effect in 1986, and requires schools to:
Perform an original inspection and periodic re-inspections every 3 years for asbestos containing material; the triennial inspection were completed in 2019. Develop, maintain, and update an asbestos management plan and keep a copy at the school; these plans are available for review during the school day.
Provide yearly notification to parent, teacher, and employee organizations regarding the availability of the school's asbestos management plan and any asbestos abatement actions taken or planned in the school; Designate a contact person to ensure the responsibilities of the local education agency are properly implemented; Perform periodic 6 month surveillance of known or suspected asbestos containing building material;
Provide custodial and maintenance staff with yearly asbestos awareness training. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires a pro-active, in-place management program whenever Asbestos Containing Building Material is discovered and is not removed.
Asbestos that has been identified will pose little risk if it is well maintained under an operations and maintenance program.
Removal is often not a building owner's best course of action to reduce asbestos exposure. In fact, an improper removal can create a dangerous situation where none previously existed. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only requires asbestos removal to prevent significant public exposure to airborne asbestos fibers during building demolition or renovation activities.
Post Notification: During the 2018-2019 school year, asbestos projects were completed at Little Britian and Taft Elementary Schools and the Washingtonville High School. These DOL approved projects were completed while school was not in session. During the 2018-198 school year there were no instances where Asbestos was an imminent hazard to the health or well-being of our students or employees.
The District’s management plans are available for review through the Office of Buildings and Grounds.
For further information, contact Paul Nienstadt who is the Asbestos Designee for the Washingtonville Central School District at 845-497-4000.
Presented to the Board of Education of the Washingtonville Central School District on December 17, 2015.