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Newsletter, April, 2014
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Due to inclement weather, our French Immersion Information Night HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED for next Wednesday, February 12.
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Newsletter, February, 2014
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Newsletter, January, 2014
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Important Notice, Jan. 3, 2014
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR SWC FAMILIES
December 19, 2013
Dear Sir Winston Churchill Site and Harry J. Clarke Public School Families:
Student and employee safety is the first priority in our schools.
Late yesterday afternoon, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board was made aware of elevated radon levels in a number of areas at the Sir Winston Churchill site, including classrooms. The test was conducted by a third party as part of a potential property transaction.
School Board officials contacted the Ministry of Labour and Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit immediately and were advised that there is no immediate risk to students or employees.
Today, school board personnel, including the School Superintendent, the Health and Safety Officer, and Facility Services personnel were on-site to meet with employees, ensure appropriate ventilation, and to monitor the situation. We have been advised that ventilation is a way to reduce radon levels. Ventilation systems are being monitored to maintain airflow throughout the building.
Consultation with two environmental specialists, the Ministry of Labour, the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, and the Public Services Health & Safety Association has taken place. In addition, the school board will engage an environmental specialist to retest, beginning in January. As soon as those results are received, school board officials will plan next steps and will continue to inform families.
According to Health Canada, radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. When radon is confined to enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, it can accumulate to high levels. Radon concentrations fluctuate seasonally. Radon is present outdoors and in every building.
In addition, Health Canada indicates the risk from radon exposure is long term and depends on the level of radon, how long a person is exposed and their smoking habits. Additional information is available on the Health Canada website at this link:
Please contact one of us if you have any questions about this topic or your child’s education at our schools.