12/23/2016 - Notice of Scheduled Radon Gas Testing

Notice of Scheduled Radon Gas Testing

December 23, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

According to Connecticut General Statute Sec. 10-220(d), all public schools must inspect and evaluate the indoor air quality in school buildings every five years. This required inspection and re-evaluation of indoor air quality includes evaluation of radon gas. School district staff, with guidance from EASTCONN, will conduct the radon testing between January 9, 2017 and January 12, 2017.

The purpose of the re-evaluation of indoor air quality is to determine if air quality has changed in the past five years. To re-evaluate buildings for radon in air, a limited number of locations are selected. Small test devices containing charcoal will be placed in ten percent of the occupied rooms that are on ground level. In addition, devices will be placed in all previously mitigated rooms. That is, rooms where radon was reduced by the installation of a radon mitigation system. Radon test devices are safe and do not cause any adverse health effects. These devices will be left in place for two to three school days.

The district will keep radon test reports on file and inform you of test results and interpretations when all testing has been completed. If elevated levels of radon are found, steps will be taken to reduce radon levels below the United States Environmental Protection Agency action level of 4.0 pCi/L.

If you have any concerns regarding radon testing, please feel free to contact your school’s radon testing professional or the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Radon Program at (860) 509-7367.

Sincerely,

Kelly M. Lyman
Superintendent of Schools