Environmental Services

Healthy Environments

The Boulder Valley School District is committed to providing a learning environment that is reasonably secure from known hazards.

In addition to complying with all federal and state regulations regarding the presence of hazardous materials in schools, our experienced environmental health staff works to encourage the usage of safe materials and keep track of potentially hazardous materials in our schools, such as asbestos, lead-based paint, and surplus paints and chemicals. We also check radon levels, sample for lead in drinking water, and perform initial air quality investigations as needed.

Asbestos

Boulder Valley School District complies with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment requirements for managing asbestos in schools. The Environmental Manager is the BVSD 'designated person' ensuring that the asbestos management program is kept up-to-date. There are two Environmental Technicians that perform periodic inspections of buildings with asbestos building materials in them, and update the Asbestos Management Plan every three years.

These plans are kept in the Environmental Services Office at the Ed Center and in each school. The plans will be kept online in the future and will be available at the school. This 'Hazardous Materials' website contains general information about asbestos and links to information from government sources. The specific information for each school is available to designated staff at that school.

Annual Notification

The Boulder Valley School District’s AHERA Management Plan is available for public inspection during regular working hours at each school location and at the BVSD Education Center 6500 Arapahoe Road Boulder, CO 80303. This notification is provided to fulfill the requirement of section 763.93(4) of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, 40 CFR Part 763, October 30, 1987. All interested parents, teachers, employees, or other persons are invited to review the plan which includes the following items:
 
  • Location, amounts, and types of asbestos-contained materials in all schools and support buildings
  • Response actions to the asbestos-contained materials
  • Plans for re-inspection, periodic surveillance, and operation and maintenance programs
  • Public notification procedures

Anyone interested in reviewing this plan should contact Bonnie Begert at 720-561-5963.

Asbestos Certifications for Staff

Drinking Water Quality

BVSD has been working to update and replace older plumbing in schools which can be a source of lead in drinking water. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends testing water from municipal systems every three years. This is the protocol BVSD currently uses. 

Additional information about lead in drinking water
hwater.epa.gov/infrastructure/drinkingwater/schools/basicinformation.cfm

Radon


Boulder Valley Schools were tested for radon in 1991 and there is a schedule for periodic retesting. These test locations and results have been entered on the school floor plans and are kept online and available to staff at each school. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends radon levels be kept below 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). BVSD has taken mitigation actions where high levels were found.   

Additional information about radon

www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/radon_measurement_in_schools.pdf

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, What You Should Know about Radon in Schools

Lead-Based Paint

The EPA recommends testing for lead-based paint in homes and schools built before 1978. Boulder Valley School District completed this testing in 1998 using IHI Environmental. These records are kept in the Environmental Services Office at the Education Center. 

More information about lead-based paint

http://www.epa.gov/lead/rrp/cofacilities.html

Indoor Air Quality

Good indoor air quality is important for health and learning. BVSD is working to understand and improve indoor air quality in all our schools. 

BVSD's Indoor Air Quality Initiative

General information about mold from the Center for Disease Control

General information about mold from OSHA

Indoor Air Quality Information from Colorado Department of Health and Environment

 

Board Policies Related to Environmental Quality

BVSD's environmental technicians are responsible for keeping track of materials in schools such as asbestos, lead-based paint, and surplus paints and chemicals. They also check radon levels, sample for lead in drinking water, and perform initial air quality investigations as needed. This team should be notified before any work is done on BVSD buildings. 

Contact us

Jim Clemmer

BVSD Environmental Technician

jim.clemmer@bvsd.org 

720-561-6077


Roger Dunn

BVSD Environmental Technician

roger.dunn@bvsd.org 

720-561-5232