The problem of asbestos appeared in schools again.
According to the Associated Press, officials in the Iowa school district found asbestos at an elementary school. They tell parents that their children may have been exposed to dangerous asbestos.
KCRG-TV first reported the news, according to an Associated Press article. The school in question is Prairie Crest Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There will be an extended winter break for cleaning and therapy.
College Community School District officials sent a letter to parents last week about the concern. They learned on December 22 of the possible exposure.
How did asbestos exposure happen at school
According to the Associated Press, the letter sent to the parents states that “the contractor who replaced the carpet failed to properly remove the asbestos within the carpet glue prior to (the carpet) being removed during construction.” The contractor was worked on in June, but the asbestos wasn’t revealed until December.
Renovation work or construction projects, such as replacing carpeting, can disturb any asbestos. Since asbestos is used in mixtures such as glue, sidewalls or floor tiles, it is often a concern during renovations.
The disturbance causes the disintegration of asbestos, a very brittle material. Loose filaments of asbestos can float in the air undetected. Then people breathe in the polluted air as the asbestos enters the body and enters the tissues inside the chest or stomach.
The number of students and teachers in the school
This possibility is the main risk to students and staff at Prairie Crest Elementary School, which has 441 students according to US News & World Report. The school serves pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and has 30 full-time teachers. All of them, as well as non-teacher staff, may have been exposed.
According to the Associated Press, a school district test at the end of December showed no asbestos. However, they will continue with cleanup and mitigation efforts to ensure the safety of the school environment.
This type of story is not the first in the past few years. Schools are a regular setting for ‘hereditary’ exposure to asbestos, which describes the resurfacing of old asbestos in buildings constructed long ago during renovation projects. Since no asbestos is used in new construction, exposure to old asbestos has become the most common type of exposure for home residents, office workers, school teachers, children, contractors for renovation jobs, and more.
he was there The ongoing asbestos issue in Philadelphia Public Schools. Many schools had problems with the decomposition of asbestos in the ceilings of classrooms and other heavily traded rooms. In another asbestos scandal in Pennsylvania, three people associated with the Scranton School District have been charged with endangering children by Concealing the presence of asbestos in schools in the region.
What’s next for children and teachers exposed to asbestos in schools?
Can cause asbestos mesotheliomaand lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and a type of lung scarring called fibrosis. Mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer that affects 2,500 Americans diagnosed each year, grows from the lining of the lungs and abdominal cavity.
The problem is that mesothelioma goes undetected for years after exposure. There is currently no way to know which children or employees are at risk for this cancer.
The most pressing problem is to prevent this type of display in the future. School officials and contractors should be aware of the presence of asbestos in older buildings, including schools. Any renovation work must take this element into consideration before committing any harmful disturbances and putting people, including children, at risk.
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