Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to heat and corrosion. Over the years it has been used as an insulation for pipes, floor tiles, and construction materials. Its fibers are too small to see and cannot be smelled or tasted. It was an important part of construction until the 1980's when its toxic effects could no longer be denied.
Three of our schools - Simon Elementary, McNair Elementary, and Winnebago Middle - have asbestos in them. Asbestos, if left undisturbed, is always a potential danger. Asbestos when disturbed is toxic and dangerous. The State of Illinois has very strict rules for schools in regards to asbestos, and we follow those guidelines.
One guideline requires us to keep a book concerning the asbestos in each school office. As parents, you have the right to examine the book and the current three year inspection report.
One guideline is to have two inspections of each building to keep track of the condition of the asbestos there. Every three years, there is another inspection and a plan of action for any area that the asbestos is moving from a potential danger to a real danger. The results of those inspections and removal projects are kept in a notebook in each school office.
As Maintenance Director, I am in charge of this. My office is in the McNair Elementary School, Room 16, and I can be contact at 815.335.3101 x145, or by email here. Our employees and you as parents have the right to examine your school's book and plan.