To:  Parents and Employees of Southern Cal Community School District


Re:  The Presence of Asbestos within District Buildings




The Institute for Environmental Assessment was requested by the Southern Cal Schools to review and prepare an asbestos management plan identifying the presence of asbestos within the District school buildings.  The InstituteÕs federally certified inspectors, planners, public heath, and engineering consultants worked in conjunction with school administrative personnel to identify asbestos-containing building products.  Asbestos is a mineral fiber associated with increased levels of disease when inhaled.  The risk rating procedures that the institute used in commenting on the asbestos were developed in conjunction with national experts in the area of industrial hygiene and engineering.  After reviewing the characteristics of district buildings, we prepared a management plan for each building, a copy of which is maintained at the Central office and also in the administrative office for each major building describing the asbestos plan and the intended response. 


Asbestos is dangerous only when it is broken loose from building material into fine, dust-like fibers and inhaled.  Assuming the District building maintains its operations and maintenance procedures and, if asbestos is to be removed or abated, that such removal is done under carefully controlled conditions, the asbestos should not represent a detectable risk to any building occupant.  Each building in the district is inspected periodically every three years.  This periodic surveillance is conducted to provide a continuous assessment to assure safety conscious management of asbestos-containing materials.


The detailed plan and updated information for each building, or for the entire district, is open to public review and is located in the office of each building.  If you have any questions, please contact the DistrictÕs Administration.