Environmental Safety



The Governing Board believes that the students and employees have the right to learn and work in a safe, clean and healthy environment. The District has an obligation to locate and reduce or eliminate potential risks to health and the environment, to use environmental resources in a responsible way, and to educate students and staff about environmental issues.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish regulations to guard against environmental hazards. Students and staff are encouraged to report any unsafe conditions they may observe.

Air Quality
The Board recognizes that clean air contributes to a favorable learning environment for students, productivity for staff, and the health of all school occupants. Adequate ventilation, appropriate housekeeping and maintenance procedures, and the removal of pollution sources are all necessary to achieve good indoor air quality. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that staff implement measures that will maintain good air quality in classrooms and offices.

Air quality shall be considered in the siting and architectural design of new or remodeled facilities and in the selection of building materials and furnishings.

Pest Management
Sanitary measures shall be enforced and buildings regularly cleaned and repaired in order to prevent infestations and minimize the use of pesticides.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the District follows integrated pest management procedures so as to use the most appropriate and least toxic method of control.

Lead Exposure Reduction
The Board recognizes that exposure to lead is especially damaging to young children and that hazardous levels of lead may sometimes be present in paint, soil or drinking water. In order to minimize any harmful exposure, the District shall follow guidelines recommended by the Department of Health Services.

The District shall conduct an independent assessment of whether students are in danger from exposure to lead at our schools.

In accordance with law, the Superintendent or designee shall inform school staff and parents/guardians of the results of any lead survey conducted by the Department of Health Services.

Legal Reference:

Education Code
17366 Legislative intent (fitness of buildings for occupancy)
17582 Deferred maintenance fund; use for determining presence and encapsulation or removal of asbestos-containing materials
17590 Asbestos abatement fund
32020 Access gates
32240-32245 Lead-Safe Schools Protection Act
49410-49410.7 Asbestos materials containment or removal

Food and Agriculture Code
11401-15206.6 Pest Control Operations and Agricultural Chemicals

Government Code
3543.2 Scope of representation; right to negotiate safety conditions

Code of Regulations, Title 8
340-340.3 Employer’s obligation to provide safety information
1532.1 Construction safety orders, lead standard
5142 Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems; minimum ventilation
5143 Mechanical ventilating systems; inspection and maintenance

Code of Regulations, Title 17
35001-35099 Accreditation in Lead Abatement Services

United States Code, Title 15
2641-2656 Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40
763.93 Management Plans
763.94 Record keeping

First Reading: 11/8/00

Governing Board Adoption: 1/17/01

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