October 23, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you know, we have been working with a Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) and a Remediation Contractor (RC) to clean up the areas within the library that were affected by the flooring contractors’ unauthorized disturbance of asbestos tile in the library work room. Their work has been overseen by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), as that agency is tasked with ensuring that all proper procedures are followed.
Our CAC is responsible for testing, inspecting and analyzing the area to determine what is contaminated and what is not. Though analytical test results revealed only one footprint containing asbestos fibers, in an abundance of caution the CAC identified a perimeter within which they felt any possible contamination would be limited and designated that area as “presumed contaminated.” Through this process, they limited the contamination area to the workroom itself, the librarian’s office, and the two corridors running east from those rooms towards the eastern end of the library building, and determined that the rest of the library was not contaminated.
If you or your student was in the library workroom, the librarian's office, or the two corridors running east from those spaces (see map of that area here) during the morning of August 16, 2018, any clothing, books, or other items that you wore or had in your possession and have bagged and stored should be turned in for proper disposal according to the schedule below. (Note that the CAC also addressed the library entryway area but has concluded that personal items and clothing carried through this area are not contaminated.)
Although our CAC has determined that other areas of the library were not contaminated, and every test conducted in these areas revealed no asbestos present at the time of testing, because we do not have information about exactly what each individual in the library did or about the contractors’ exact actions while they were behind closed doors within the work room and cannot therefore say with 100% certainty that no asbestos fiber left the area that was deemed contaminated, the Department of Public Health (DPH), in an abundance of caution, encourages people who have bagged materials from their time in these other parts of the library to turn their items in for disposal as well. DPH indicates that the potential exposure to asbestos for these individuals is minimal and highly unlikely to lead to a long-term risk to their health but has asked us to take this precautionary measure.
Both our CAC and DPH are confident that library books and textbooks that were issued or that remain in the library after the incident have been assessed and addressed effectively and that it is safe to access and use these books. If students checked out books from room 15, those books can continue to be used. Once the collection and disposal process is complete, and we receive clearance from AQMD and LA County Fire to re-occupy the library building, we will be able to access and check out the remaining textbooks in the library.
Individuals who have items that were bagged per DPH guidance on or about August 17 and who wish to turn them in for disposal will be required to sign an AQMD-approved waiver and to provide an inventory of the items in the bags as well as information about when and where they were in the library on August 16. Items must be turned in by October 30, 2018, at 12:00 pm, according to the schedule below. Please note that items may only be turned in by individuals who are 18 years of age or older. Students under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian turn in any bagged items on their behalf. AQMD waivers will be provided to that agency; inventory forms will be submitted to the District’s claims consultant for reimbursement evaluation and processing.
Individuals with belongings stored in lockers which they wish to have disposed of should come to campus according to the schedule below. Our RC will accompany you to your locker and remove and inventory the items in the locker. The same AQMD and inventory forms will need to be completed by the student, if s/he is 18 years of age or older, or by the student’s parent/guardian.
Our RC will have staff on site to collect bagged materials at the dates and times listed below. Please go to the north side of the Library building (just south of the Mustang Mall) to submit any items you wish to have disposed of.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 4:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:00am-11:00am
Friday, October 26, 2018 12:00pm-4:00pm
Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:00am-1:00pm
Monday, October 29, 2018 2:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:00am-12:00pm
Again, please note that anyone turning in personal items will need to fill out the required paperwork upon arrival at Mira Costa High School and before the items being turned in can be accepted.
Please also note that parking is limited during the school day. If you are planning to come to campus during a window when school is in session, please park in the student parking lot at Peck and Artesia and allow extra time to find street parking in case no spaces are available in that lot.
If you have questions about the DPH advice, please feel free to call The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Toxicology and Environmental Assessment Branch at (213) 738-3220. Please leave your name and telephone number, and DPH staff will return your call.
Michael D. Matthews, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Manhattan Beach Unified School District
325 South Peck Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266