Saturday, 12 May 2012

Update on John F. Kennedy High School and Business Centre/ JFK restera fermé le lundi 14 mai 2012


The English Montreal School Board has announced that the facility which houses John F. Kennedy High School and John F. Kennedy Business Centre (JFKBC) in St. Michel will remain closed on Monday pending further results from the specific air quality testing that was conducted in the building following the discovery of  traces of asbestos.  

Approximately three weeks, ago traces of asbestos were found in two ventilation rooms in the facility. Following the EMSB’s asbestos protocol, a firm which deals with the analysis and removal of this material was called in and it was removed.  Air quality testing following a removal of asbestos is usual and was done and the treated rooms were deemed safe. Further precautionary tests were then done in other parts of the building. Traces of asbestos were found and in order to be prudent, it was decided to close the building on May 10 and 11 to give the experts an opportunity to conduct air quality testing.

More information will be available on Monday.

La Commission Scolaire English Montréal a annoncé que le bâtiment qui abrite l’école secondaire John F. Kennedy  et le Centre d’affaire John F. Kennedy  (JFKBC) dans le quartier Saint-Michel restera fermé le lundi 14 mai 2012 en attendant les résultats des tests spécifiques à la qualité de l'air  menés dans le bâtiment à la suite de découverte de traces d'amiante.


Depuis trois semaines, des traces d'amiante ont été découvertes dans les deux chambres de ventilation de l'établissement. Selon le protocole  d'intervention pour l’amiante de la CSEM, une firme qui traite avec l'analyse et l'enlèvement de ce matériel a été engagée. Des tests d’analyse de la qualité de l'air suite à un retrait de l'amiante est requis et a été pratiqués. Les chambres de ventilation traitées ont été jugées conformes aux normes établies par Santé Publique. D'autres tests de précaution ont ensuite été pratiqués dans l’ensemble du bâtiment. Des traces d'amiante ont été trouvées et afin d’assurer la santé et sécurité de tous, la CSEM a décidé de fermer le bâtiment les 10 et 11 mai afin de permettre aux experts l'occasion d'effectuer des tests supplémentaires de qualité de l'air.

Plus d'informations seront disponibles le lundi14 mai prochain.



Wednesday, 9 May 2012

EMSB Press Release

Air quality testing for asbestos
 EMSB CLOSES JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL AND BUSINESS CENTRE FOR PRECAUTIONARY REASONS

MONTREAL, MAY 9, 2012   The English Montreal School Board has announced that John F. Kennedy High School and John F. Kennedy Business School in St. Michel will be closed for precautionary measures on May 10 and 11 while air quality testing is conducted in the building following the discovery of  traces of asbestos.

Approximately three weeks ago traces of asbestos were found in two ventilation rooms in the facility. Following the EMSB’s asbestos protocol, a firm which deals with the analysis and removal of this material was called in and it was removed.  Air quality testing following a removal of asbestos is usual and was done and the treated rooms were deemed safe. Further precautionary tests were then done in other parts of the building. Traces of asbestos were found and in order to be prudent, it was decided to close the building for two days to give the experts an opportunity to conduct air quality testing.

“Our board has previous experience in dealing with asbestos,” says EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini. “Our staff is vigilant and it is our position not to take any chances once it is discovered.  We will be working with Santé Publique and taking every precaution necessary before students and staff are allowed to return to the building.”

Ms. Mancini said the EMSB will have more to say once the testing is completed.
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Contact:

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
(514) 483-7200 ext. 7243