St. John of the Cross Parish School
708 51st Street
Western Springs, Illinois 60558-1999
Phone (708) 246-4454 Fax: (708) 246-9010
DATE: September 1, 2012
TO: Parent, Teachers and all other School Employees
FROM: Kathleen Gorman, Principal
RE: Notification Letter Concerning Asbestos Content & Management Plan for Your School
In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. (AHERA). That law requires all schools, kindergarten through twelfth grade, to be inspected and identify and asbestos-containing building materials. The law further requires the development of a Management Plan, based upon the findings of the inspection, which outlines our intent in controlling the potential for exposure to asbestos fibers in our schools.
In the past, asbestos was used extensively in building materials because of its insulating and fire retarding capabilities. Virtually any building built before the late 1970’s contains at least some asbestos in pipe insulation and structural fireproofing. We too have buildings that contain asbestos material. The primary concerns arise when these materials begin to deteriorate or become damage.
Your school has been inspected and some asbestos containing materials were identified in your building. The materials are distributed in various locations and include floor tile, pipe insulation and mechanical areas not readily accessible to building occupants or students.
Your school’s Inspection Report and Management Plan outlines in detail the methods used to maintain the materials in a safe manner. In addition, as required by law, appropriate school staff members have been trained to administer this program.
A copy of the inspection report and the management plan is on file at your local school office for review if you so desire.