Hazardous Materials/Pest Management
All areas scheduled for maintenance and repair or construction by school district personnel as well as areas of flaking and peeling paint shall be tested for the presence of lead and abated or encapsulated in accordance with HUD guidelines. All renovation work performed in child-occupied facilities as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency will be performed in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead renovator rules.
The Kingston City School District shall take the responsibility of being aware of the geological potential for high levels of radon and test and mitigate as appropriate. This information is available from the New York State Department of Health Radon Measurement Database.
The school district is responsible for inspecting its buildings, testing and identifying building materials that may contain asbestos, and for developing a plan for the proper management of those materials. The school district must also appoint a trained Asbestos Designee. The district has appointed Tom Clapper, Director of Buildings and Grounds as the LEA Designee for the school buildings. The Designee ensures that inspections are conducted with the required schedule and that asbestos is only disturbed in compliance with New York State Code Rule 56 and the Commissioner of Education’s Regulations.
The Kingston City School District recognizes that pesticide applications have the potential to contaminate the school or work environment and expose staff and students to pesticide residues. The district acknowledges the risks inherent in the use of chemical pesticides in the school environment, and will consider pesticides as a last resort when other methods have proven unsuccessful. The goals of The Kingston City School District are to maintain the integrity of school buildings and grounds, protect the health and safety of students, staff and community members, and preserve our learning environment. To accomplish these goals, The Kingston City School District authorizes the implementation of a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management Program for all school buildings and grounds.
Notification will be accomplished by posting notices in each school building in the main office, nurse’s office, faculty lounge, and at the place of occurrence. In addition, notices will be sent home to parents or other persons who request in writing to be informed in advance of pesticide applications.
A notice will be provided to school staff, students and parents at the beginning of each school year briefly explaining the school district’s pesticide use policy. The notice will indicate that pesticides may be used both indoors and outdoors, as needed. The school will provide, to the extent possible, notification of pending pesticide use to persons requesting such information. Notification requests must be made in writing.
The district will establish and maintain a list of persons requesting written notification 48 hours prior to any pesticide application. The list will be updated upon written request of persons who wish to receive a written notice prior to pesticide application. Please complete the on-line form if you wish to receive a written notice of pesticide application.
If you would like to receive 48-hour prior notification of pesticide applications that are scheduled to occur in your school, please complete this form and return it to the Kingston City School District IPM representative at: 918 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, New York 12401.