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August 21, 2018

OC School Closed For Asbestos Removal Reopens

Huntington Beach, CA –

(FOX 11) After months of asbestos cleanup hundreds of students are returning to a Huntington Beach School Tuesday. Oak View Elementary, which closed in the fall, is welcoming back its second through fifth graders.

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Kindergarteners will continue to study at Pleasant View Preschool and first graders will stay at Sun View Elementary for the rest of the school year.

The returning students will study in portable classrooms on the campus until the asbestos cleanup has been finished in the main building.

Asbestos concerns prompted the closure of this school, plus two others in the district, after traces of asbestos were found in classrooms and abated asbestos was found in ceiling tiles.

In a recent meeting, parents shared their concerns about the portable classrooms; asking if they were at risk of containing asbestos. The also wondered where their kids food would be prepared, but for the most part many are happy to have their kids coming back.

The cleanup process is ongoing and Ocean View School District is still coming up with a plan for abatement which will be voted on by the school board.

Hope View And Lake View elementary schools are still closed.

This process is expected to cost the district between $7 to 11 Million dollars.

Kindergarteners will continue to study at Pleasant View Preschool and first graders will stay at Sun View Elementary for the rest of the school year.

The returning students will study in portable classrooms on the campus until the asbestos cleanup has been finished in the main building.

Asbestos concerns prompted the closure of this school, plus two others in the district, after traces of asbestos were found in classrooms and abated asbestos was found in ceiling tiles.

In a recent meeting, parents shared their concerns about the portable classrooms; asking if they were at risk of containing asbestos. The also wondered where their kids food would be prepared, but for the most part many are happy to have their kids coming back.

The cleanup process is ongoing and Ocean View School District is still coming up with a plan for abatement which will be voted on by the school board.

Hope View And Lake View elementary schools are still closed.

This process is expected to cost the district between $7 to 11 Million dollars.

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OC School Closed For Asbestos Removal Reopens

Asbestos tests clear other schools in Ocean View district

Asbestos testing has revealed that most of the campuses in a beleaguered Orange County school district pose no threat to students and will remain open.

Three elementary schools in the Huntington Beach school district, however, will remain closed for as long as two months while asbestos is removed from classrooms.

The campuses were closed early this month when asbestos was detected in classrooms during a modernization project. The closures left parents furious and forced more than 1,600 students to be bused to classrooms in eight different school districts across Orange County.

But the coastal Ocean View School District had a shot of good news when recent tests showed that all but three campuses were deemed not to have an unsafe level of asbestos in classrooms.

Tests showed that most of the schools had an “insignificant” level of asbestos in the air and that, even in classrooms where trace levels of asbestos were found, measurements were far below federal standards for a hazard and would not pose a risk to staff or students.

Still, all the rooms were deep-cleaned Monday night, officials said.

“We can say with absolute certainty that every child attending our schools is studying in the cleanest and safest classroom possible,” Supt. Gustavo Balderas said.

Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used as fireproofing in building projects until the 1970s. Though coming into contact with asbestos that hasn’t been disturbed isn’t harmful, it can become a hazard when the dust becomes airborne. Inhaling high levels of asbestos over a long period can cause cancer and other lung diseases, experts say.

When Hope View, Oak View and Lake View — the trio of elementary schools that remain closed — were built decades ago, asbestos was used as fireproofing on metal beams above the ceilings. Over time, asbestos dust began to fall from the beams and settle on classroom ceiling tiles, district records show.

The district brought in a panel of health experts last week to explain to parents the risks of asbestos exposure.

Dr. William Hughson said it’s unlikely that children will become sick as a result of asbestos exposure at school.

The Ocean View School District has given 195 applications to families interested in transferring their children to other districts since news of the potential asbestos exposure broke in September, officials said.

Officials in the Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach school districts said they have received requests for transfers.

However, Ocean View has not received confirmation that all 195 students will transfer, district spokesman Tom DeLapp said.

“I think that many people are reserving judgment until they see how we sort this out over the next few days,” DeLapp said.

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Asbestos forces Huntington Beach students to classes on other campuses

Students from three Huntington Beach elementary campuses who have been unable to attend school for days because of the risk of exposure to asbestos will return to class Thursday, but in many cases those classes will be in other districts.

The decision to bus the students to other schools was announced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the offices of the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach.

More than 1,300 students from Oak View and Hope View elementary schools will go to seven schools in four districts — including Ocean View, Westminster, Savanna and Centralia — across Orange County.

Nearly 400 students from Lake View Elementary will temporarily attend Harbour View Elementary and Westmont Elementary, both in Huntington Beach.

“We’re hoping to open school with a lot of happy faces” Thursday, said district spokesman Tom DeLapp.

The district is working to remove asbestos above the ceiling tiles at Lake View, Oak View and Hope View. The process could take more than two months, but the district is aiming to expedite the process, DeLapp said.

Test results at Lake View showed asbestos in two classrooms, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.

At Hope View, a sample taken in one classroom contained a single asbestos fiber collected under a tile that appeared to have been drilled into in order to run television wires, said Cary Ruben, a certified industrial hygienist.

The district has not yet released test results for Oak View Elementary.

When the three schools were built decades ago, asbestos — a mineral — was used as fireproofing on metal beams above the ceilings. Over time, asbestos dust began to fall from the beams and settle on classroom ceiling tiles, district records show.

Though the presence of asbestos that hasn’t been disturbed isn’t harmful, it can become a hazard when high levels of the dust become airborne. Inhaling high levels of asbestos over a long period of time can cause lung disease, experts say.

Parents became concerned about two weeks ago that their children might have been exposed to carcinogenic asbestos dust in their classrooms while the district modernized 11 school sites in a project that began in July.

The district and Cal/OSHA are investigating whether asbestos was being abated after the first day of school.

“These were the three schools that had [construction activity] that was occurring after school started,” DeLapp said. “In our abundance of caution, we’ve decided to close the schools for abatement.”

Oak View and Hope View students will have been out of school for eight days come Thursday. Lake View students will have missed six days. Ocean View School District officials have not said how they plan to make up the lost days of instruction.

“Our primary goal is to get kids back in classrooms,” DeLapp said.

Fry is a Times Community News staff writer.

Follow the reporter on Twitter: @HannahFryTCN

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Asbestos forces Huntington Beach students to classes on other campuses

Schools closed, parents livid after cancer-causing asbestos found

Three Huntington Beach schools will be closed for the rest of the week after recent tests for asbestos showed traces of the cancer-causing fiber on one of the campuses, officials announced.

Hope View, Lake View and Oak View schools will be closed through at least Friday after an expert told concerned parents and Ocean View School District officials at a public meeting late Tuesday that an asbestos fiber was found at Hope View.

“I believe that that fiber was released from the attic space during maintenance or installation activities above the ceiling,” said Cary Rubin, an asbestos expert who has been testing district schools since a modernization project was launched this summer.

The three closed schools all tested positive for asbestos during inspections in August, according to reports posted on the district website. Tests in September were negative. But a third round of inspections this past weekend revealed a fiber at Hope View.

Dozens of parents who gathered for the meeting Tuesday night expressed anger with school district officials over the handling of the issue.

“For the rest of my life, every time this little girl coughs, every time she gets a cold, ‘Is it now? Is this it?’ Shame on all of you,” parent Carol Bader told the school board.

Some even called for the assistant superintendent who oversaw the district’s modernization projects to resign.

“You put our kids in danger, we’re going to live in terror for the next 15 to 20 years,” parent Brett Bouchet said.

Officials have pledged to test all classrooms at Huntington Beach’s 11 schools after concerns were raised that construction work may have exposed students to the dangerous material.

Meanwhile, Ocean View School District has been investigating whether contractors continued to remove asbestos from facilities after the school year began in September, possibly putting students in contact with dust.

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that until the 1970s was used in building products and insulation materials. Inhaling high levels of asbestos fibers — which can be released into the air during construction and later during removal as well — can increase the risk of lung disease, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Parents became aware of the asbestos issue last month when district trustee John Briscoe filed a complaint with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health after learning the material was being removed from several district schools during a modernization effort that began in July.

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Schools closed, parents livid after cancer-causing asbestos found

Possible asbestos exposure investigated at Huntington Beach schools

Officials have pledged to test all school classrooms in Huntington Beach for asbestos after concerns were raised that construction work may have exposed students on three campuses to the dangerous material.

Two Huntington Beach elementary school campuses remained closed Tuesday for the testing, which officials said they plan to carry out at all 11 schools, mostly on the weekends.

The Ocean View School District has been investigating whether contractors continued to remove asbestos from facilities after the school year began in September, possibly putting students at three elementary school campuses — Hope View, Oak View and Lake View — in contact with dust.

Parents were notified last week that testing would take place over the weekend and that classes would be canceled Monday and Tuesday, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that until the 1970s was used in building products and insulation materials. Inhaling high levels of asbestos fibers — which can be released into the air during construction — can increase the risk of lung disease, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Parents became aware of the asbestos issue last month when district trustee John Briscoe filed a complaint with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health after learning the material was being removed from several district schools during a modernization effort that began in July.

Cal/OSHA began its own investigation last week, officials said.

“In our abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily close as we wait for the additional test results to be completed and that they have confirmed that no asbestos is present and that there is no risk,” Hope View Principal Carrie Haskin wrote in a letter to parents.

No other schools are scheduled to be closed for testing.

Though the district maintains that the schools are safe for students, more than 100 people, mostly parents and teachers, attended a community meeting last week to voice their concerns.

“I have been assured by the hired professional architects, contractors, abatement contractors, construction management and environmental testing companies that the schools are safe,” Supt. Gustavo Balderas wrote in a letter to the community. “I have been provided closure reports showing no airborne asbestos after [it] was abated.”

The district is set to host a special board meeting at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Marine View Middle School gym, 5682 Tilburg Drive, to discuss the school closures.

Hannah Fry writes for Times Community News.

Hannah Fry can be reached at hannah.fry@latimes.com or on Twitter: @HannahFryTCN

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Possible asbestos exposure investigated at Huntington Beach schools

Troy School District: Air samples show no asbestos

Troy School District: Air samples show no asbestos

Posted at: 11/01/2013 3:48 PM
| Updated at: 11/01/2013 5:12 PM

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Tape marked off one classroom while air testing was completed.


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TROY – There were lots of concerns today about possible asbestos contamination at a local school.

Many parents called, and emailed us here at NewsChannel 13, after reports of asbestos at School 2 in Troy.

The School District says there’s no contamination, and no health concerns.

Superintendent John Carmello tells NewsChannel 13 that asbestos was found this week, in two walls, during some installation work.

That classroom was marked off with tape, reading asbestos.

But, the asbestos was cleaned up by a certified contractor, and air samples taken show no asbestos present in the air.

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Troy School District: Air samples show no asbestos