September 13, 2018
Dear Staff Members and Parents of Children at the Batcheller Early Education Center, Hinsdale Elementary School, and the Pearson Middle School.
Federal regulations require that school districts annually send messages to staff members and parents of children who are engaged in activities in school buildings, like the Batcheller Early Education Center, Mary P. Hinsdale Elementary School and Pearson Middle School, where asbestos-containing materials are present.
Asbestos-containing materials are not harmful if they are encapsulated, undisturbed, or in a sound condition. The danger occurs if the material containing asbestos is friable and can become a part of the air in the building.
The Winchester Public School System is required to maintain an Asbestos Management Program that is in compliance with federal regulations and developed in conjunction with outside professional consultants who provide expert advice. The District is working with the Connecticut Department of Health in a complimentary manner regarding the Asbestos Management Program for the Winchester Public Schools.
Our asbestos management plan includes a re-inspection of all sites that have asbestos-containing building materials in them. Our last inspection took place on Friday, September 7, 2018, and found all the materials listed in the Management Plan as asbestos containing (or assumed asbestos-containing) to be intact. No building modifications have taken place in the Batcheller Early Education Center, Pearson Middle School or the Mary P. Hinsdale Elementary School since that date. Our next inspection will be scheduled in March 2019.
The school district is required to comply with the following:
1. Publish a notification on Management Plan availability and the status of asbestos activities; educate and train its employees about asbestos and explain how to deal with it;
2. Notify short term or temporary workers of the locations of the asbestos-containing building materials; post warning labels in routine maintenance areas where is asbestos was previously identified or assumed; follow set plans and procedures designed to minimize the disturbance of asbestos-containing building materials; and, survey the condition of these materials every six months to assure that they remain in good condition.
We will be performing removal procedures when emergency repair situations occur and require it.
It is the intention of the Winchester Board of Education and Public School District to comply fully with all federal and state regulations, controlling asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees learn and work in a healthy and safe environment. You are welcome to review copy of the Asbestos Management Plan in the school district administrative offices located at 338 Main Street, Winsted, CT during normal business hours. Mr. Dave Cruden, Maintenance Department, is currently designated as the AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) contact and Program Coordinator. Please direct all inquiries regarding the asbestos management plan and asbestos related issues to Mr. Cruden by calling 860-921-7626. If you are unable to make contact with Mr. Cruden at this number, please feel free to leave a message for him by contacting the Winchester Board of Education administration offices by telephone, 860-379-0706, or by fax, 860-738-0638.
We wish you a successful and rewarding year.
Superintendent of Schools