A message from Home and School

Hello everyone,

I have received confirmation from Parker Grimmer that he will be attending our meeting on August 31, at 6pm, immediately prior to our first monthly Home and School meeting which will take place at 7pm.

Mr. Grimmer will be the head of the new Public Schools Branch that has been created to replace the English Language School Board.

In the mean time, he is working on gathering some information that I requested, such as the reports detailing the presence of asbestos in the schools, as well as the action plan that has been devised to get us through this school year.

This meeting is meant to allow parents to ask questions and to help us understand the exact situation that we are in.

With the start of school rapidly approaching, I don’t believe that circumstances will change prior to September 6. A sooner meeting would not result in our work being completed before the start of school.

I appreciate everyone’s comments about interest in this meeting. I hope to see lots of parents/caregivers there.

Please feel free to share this information with any other QEES families that you know that may not be a part of the Home and School group.

Darby McCormick

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August 19

 

 

A message about the Breakfast Program

With the start of the school year fast approaching, we are looking for volunteers with our wonderful breakfast program. What is involved with this you ask? One morning every two weeks from 8:00-8:40am. If this is something that you or someone you know would be interested in please let Anji Mciver or myself (Bev Campbell) know and we can give you more info. Thanks!

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Asbestos Removal Update

Dear students, parents, and staff,

As you may know, asbestos-containing ceiling tiles were discovered in some Island schools earlier this year, including this one.

Plans were made to remove asbestos-containing ceiling tiles in eight schools this summer, however, as work began on three schools, it took a much longer time than anticipated to complete the required and approved asbestos abatement protocol, including the air quality testing afterwards and the thorough clean-up.

As a result, there is not enough time this summer to complete the safe remediation of all eight schools.

Two schools – Queen Elizabeth and East Wiltshire – will be done as soon as possible next summer.

Environmental experts and Health Canada guidelines advise that asbestos-containing materials do not pose a risk as long as they are properly managed and maintained in good condition.

When the asbestos-containing ceiling tiles were discovered last school year, an asbestos management plan was implemented. We are asking staff to continue to follow this plan and we remind students, parents and staff thatceiling tiles should only be moved or altered by authorized personnel.

Please contact the school administration if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Rodney MacArthur

Principal

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Asbestos Removal Delayed

Asbestos containment acoustic ceiling tile replacement – Delay at Queen Elizabeth and East Wiltshire

August 4, 2016

INTERNAL key messages and Q+A 

Government had planned to complete the replacement of asbestos-containing ceiling tiles at eight Island schools over the summer.

As we started on the first three schools, we realized that the required and approved asbestos abatement protocol was more involved than we anticipated, so there is only enough time to complete asbestos remediation in six schools this summer.

We need to ensure the safety of those working on the remediation, and to ensure the schools where work was done are properly tested and cleaned before staff and students return to school in the fall.

We have been working closely with the contractor and WCB to do the work thoroughly and safely for all involved.

Two schools – Queen Elizabeth and East Wiltshire – will be done as soon as possible next summer.

Given that asbestos-containing materials do not pose a health risk as long as they are properly managed and maintained in good condition, and it is imperative that that remediation work be done safely and thoroughly, we felt it would be better to wait until next summer to do the remaining two schools.

Why couldn’t the work be done in time?

The successful bidder for the tender is working flat out on the first three schools now(Glen Stewart, Elliot River, and Central Queens)

Ecole Evangeline has been awarded and the contractor is working on this school. Later this summer, two small spaces in two other schools will be completed. These two schools will be completed prior to school starting.

Given the nature of a school, with many spaces like classrooms, labs, offices, etc. completing the work, while undertaking the proper safety measures to protect the workers, has taken longer than expected.

There’s only nine weeks in the summer to do this work, with 2-3 weeks of cleaning required after the remediation before the school opens.

It is a very tight schedule, as teachers often return to the schools the last week of August and we have to ensure this work is done thoroughly, and it’s safe for their return.

With this schedule and the rigorous safety protocols, there was no way to do the remaining two schools in time to allow for cleaning before the beginning of the school year.

Is there any risk to students and staff at the remaining schools?

Health Canada guidelines say there is no significant health risk if materials containing asbestos are properly managed and maintained in good condition.

Many schools in Canada have asbestos issues with no removal plans but most have an asbestos management plan.

An asbestos management plan will be put in place for Queen Elizabeth and East Wiltshire, similar to the plan currently in place at Three Oaks Senior High, until such time as it can be removed safety from these schools.

Staff will be informed that acoustic ceiling tiles in the school should not be disturbed and that for any maintenance requirements with ceiling tiles,they should contact the Public Schools Branch who will follow proper protocols for handling the issue.

Asbestos-containing materials do not pose a health risk as long as they are properly managed and maintained in good condition, so while it is unfortunate the work cannot be completed this summer, there is no risk to staff or students by delaying this work until next summer.

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Summer 2016

 Class lists will be posted on the school’s doors during the last week of August.

The deadline for ordering lunches for September is September 4th.

The first instructional day of school is September 6th. 

 

 


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