As a result of federal legislation (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act – AHERA), each primary and secondary school in the nation is required to complete a stringent inspection for asbestos and to develop a plan of management for all asbestos-containing building materials. The Pequot Lakes school district has a goal to be in full compliance with this law and to follow the spirit as well as the letter of the law. As a matter of policy, the district shall continue to maintain a safe and healthful environment for our community’s youth and employees.
In keeping with this legislation, all buildings (including portables and support buildings) owned or leased by the school district were inspected by an EPA accredited inspector and an independent laboratory analyzed samples. Based on the inspection, the school prepared and the state approved a comprehensive management plan for handling the asbestos located within its buildings safely and responsibly.
Furthermore, the Pequot Lakes school district has completed the three-year re-inspections required by AHERA. Our district buildings, where asbestos-containing materials were found, are under repair, removal and Operations and Maintenance.
This past year, Pequot Lakes School District conducted the following with respect to its asbestos-containing building materials:
· Continued the “Operations and Maintenance Program”
Federal law requires a periodic walk-through (called “surveillance”) every six months of each area containing asbestos. IEA, Inc. will accomplish this under contract.
Short-term workers (outside contractors – i.e. telephone repair workers, electricians, and exterminators) must be provided information regarding the location of asbestos with which they may come into contact. All short-term workers shall contact the lead maintenance person before commencing work to be given this information.
The Pequot Lakes School District has a list of the location(s), type(s) of asbestos-containing materials found in the school buildings, and a description and timetable for their proper management. A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available for review in the school office. Copies are available for 25 cents per page. Questions related to the plan should be directed to IEA, Inc., Brooklyn Park, MN, at 763.315.7900 or by contacting the Pequot Lakes School District at 218.568.4996.The Pequot Lakes school district is proud to be taking a leadership role in providing a safe, comfortable and productive environment for our students and staff so that we achieve our core mission – educating students. Our school will follow the EPA guidance to improve our indoor air quality (IAQ) by preventing as many IAQ problems as possible, and by quickly responding to any IAQ problems that may arise. Good air quality requires an ongoing commitment by everyone in our school because each of us daily makes decisions and performs activities that affect the quality of the air we breathe.
School staff, students and parents can obtain checklists or self-help information so they can properly evaluate their child’s home or other out of school situation by contacting the school. Staff and parents can also obtain information about school and HVAC related information, chemical producing academic subjects, and pesticide and herbicide applications to determine the extent to which school activities contribute to a child’s symptoms by contacting the school.
The Pequot Lakes School District Indoor Air Quality contact person is the Director of Buildings & Grounds. If there are any questions regarding the school’s IAQ program, please feel free to call the school at 218.568.4996.
A Minnesota state law went into effect in 2000 that requires schools to inform school staff, students and parents if they apply certain pesticides on school property. Specifically, this law requires schools that apply these pesticides to maintain an estimated schedule of pesticide applications and to make the schedule available to employees and parents for review or copying at the school office. 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.
If there are any questions regarding the Pequot Lakes School District Pest Management program or you would like more information on the pesticide application schedule, please feel free to call the school at 218.568.4996.
The Pequot Lakes Public Schools are committed to providing equal education and employment opportunities to all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, with regard to public assistance, disability or any other group or class against which discrimination is prohibited by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 363, and other applicable state or federal laws. Inquiries regarding compliance should be referred to the High School Principal, acting as the Affirmative Action Coordinator, at 218-568-4996.
Independent School District #186, Pequot Lakes, offers a variety of vocational opportunities through the Business Education, Industrial Technology, and Family and Consumer Sciences departments. A listing of the available courses and course descriptions may be found in the registration and planning guide, available on this website (High School-Academics-Academic Planning) or from the high school counselor. These opportunities are offered regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability. Admission in the specific courses is determined by grade level and, in some cases, completion of prerequisite courses.
The district has designated the following individuals to coordinate our compliance with federal laws on discrimination:
Human Rights/Affirmative Action Coordinator: High School Principal
Contact Info:ISD #186
30805 Olson Street
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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