Earlier today, two classrooms at Shaker High School were closed and students relocated due to the discovery by a maintenance worker of a minor disturbance of material containing asbestos. The discovery was made during a check of the classroom’s ventilation system. The room is located in a wing that is original to the building and the material was discovered in a window sill where blinds had been installed recently by an outside contractor. In an abundance of caution, we closed the room and a second adjacent classroom, which also had a similar window blind installation.
School officials immediately contacted CT Male to gather samples and conduct air quality testing of the two rooms, in accordance with New York State Department of Labor and New York State Education Department protocols. The testing will provide baseline information required for remediation, which includes removal of the material, full cleaning of the room and encapsulating the source of the asbestos to prevent any further disturbances. The asbestos remediation will be performed during the April school break.
All work and final air quality testing of those rooms will be completed prior to classes resuming on Monday, April 24. In the meantime, there will be restricted access to those classrooms until the asbestos remediation is complete.
We are committed to responding quickly to any health and safety issues in our schools and will continue to take whatever actions are necessary to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment for students and staff. We will provide updates about any further steps and testing that may be necessary.