- Drinking Water Quality
- Lead-Based Paint
- Indoor Air Quality
- Board Policies Related to Environmental Quality
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.
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.
Additional information regarding asbestos
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
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
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. BVSD Environmental Technicians are also certified to test for lead in paint in those areas that were not specifically tested in the IHI survey. Contact Environmental Services at 720-561-5930 for information.
More information about lead-based paint
Good indoor air quality is important for health and learning. BVSD is working to understand and improve indoor air quality in all our schools.
The following board policies relate to hazardous materials in schools:
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.
BVSD Environmental Technician
BVSD Environmental Technician