Annual Parent Notifications
Annual Pesticides, Asbestos & Indoor Air Quality 8/7/2017
SCHOOL YEAR PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION
In compliance with the Parents Right to Know Act of 2000, Mankato Area Public Schools has an Integrated Pest Management Plan in place designed to minimize the risk to human health and the environment and to reduce the use of chemical pesticides. Mankato Area Public Schools does not apply pesticides on school property unless all other measures have failed to control the problem. In the event that insect control sprays and dusts need to be applied, it will only be done when students are absent from the areas, and will be out of the area until the spray and any odor has dissipated. If you would like to be notified prior to a chemical application, please contact Health & Safety at the District’s Facilities office.
SCHOOL YEAR ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION
Mankato Area Public Schools, in accordance with the Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), has a stringent inspection and management program for all asbestos containing building materials. The district strives to maintain a safe and healthful environment for our community’s youth and employees. Every three years, all buildings owned and leased by the district are re-inspected for asbestos content by an accredited inspector with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Every six months, all materials containing asbestos are surveyed. Any materials needing repair or removal are done so safely and responsibly under our asbestos operation and maintenance program. Mankato Area Public Schools has a list of locations and types of asbestos containing materials found in our buildings. A copy of the asbestos management plan is available for review in the District Facility office. Questions related to the plan should be directed to Scott Hogen, Director of Facilities.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY NOTIFICATION
Mankato Area Public Schools has a strong commitment to providing and maintaining good air quality. Our schools follow EPA guidelines to improve our indoor air quality (IAQ) by preventing as many IAQ problems as possible, and by quickly responding to any problems that may arise. Good indoor air quality requires an ongoing commitment by everyone in our schools because each of us makes daily decisions and perform activities that affect the air quality. Throughout the year, air quality is monitored and air handling systems are maintained on an established schedule to insure good air quality. Our District Health & Safety Department will follow up on any reported IAQ problems. The Mankato Area Public Schools has agreed to administer the IAQ Management Plan, which includes taking a team leadership role, coordinating emergency response, and serving as our information resource. Questions should be directed to Health & Safety at the District Facilities Office.