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Ridgefield School District mitigates asbestos fiber release episode - 08/21/14
Thursday, August 21, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-Last week, Ridgefield School District discovered and contained an asbestos fiber release episode following the installation of a new fire sprinkler system in the high school's locker rooms.

Construction crews mounting a fire sprinkler system in the existing high school locker rooms drilled holes into asbestos-containing ceiling tiles causing a fiber release episode where asbestos fibers released into the air can be inhaled, possibly causing health problems. Less than a total of one square foot of asbestos tile was damaged during the episode.

District personnel enacted the Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) procedures to contain and mitigate the episode including the following steps:

* Access was immediately restricted to the area following the discovery of asbestos dust;
* Clark Nelson, a certified AHERA Project Designer with PBS Engineering & Environmental, Inc., the asbestos mitigation contractor retained by the district, designed a clean-up strategy;
* Gross debris was removed as well as any affected surfaces in the area by certified AHERA contractors;
* The exposed area was then cleaned by certified AHERA contractors using HEPA-filter vacuums and wet-wiping;
* Following the cleaning, a visual inspection is performed by an AHERA-certified inspector;
* Once the district passed the visual inspection, air sampling tests were performed to ensure adequate air quality prior to re-occupancy.

Due to the size of the clean-up, only a PCM clearance test was required by AHERA for air sampling, however PBS Engineering & Environmental also executed a more stringent TEM clearance test to ensure proper air quality. The exposed area passed both tests and was certified for re-occupancy.

"Student health and safety is our top priority," said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent. "We are disposing of exposed athletic equipment in order to completely limit student exposure to asbestos fibers." The district is currently taking inventory of all exposed equipment and is placing orders for its replacement including:

* Football equipment including: jerseys, shoulder pads, helmets and a variety of other pads for pants;
* Volleyball equipment including game and practice nets as well as safety pads for officials' stands;
* Various other athletic equipment.

Orders have been placed for all of the football gear which is expected to arrive the first week of September before the first game. "We understand that this episode has been a hardship on our football and volleyball players," said Debbie Bentler, Athletic Director for Ridgefield School District. "Our coaches and players have been really amazing and patient in working with us through resolving this matter."

For more information, the district encourages any interested party to contact Dr. Nathan McCann at the Superintendent's Office at (360) 619-1302.

Visit the All About Schools section on the website for more information!
Visit the All About Schools section on the website for more information!
Ridgefield School District offers tips and tricks for its first day of school - September 3, 2014 (Photo) - 08/18/14
Monday, August 18, 2014-Ridgefield, WA-The first day of school for Ridgefield School District is Wednesday, September 3, so this week's Did You Know comes packed with tips and tricks to make sure students, parents and the community can prepare for the new school year!

First Day of School
The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and all schools will run on normal schedule. Beginning the following week on Wednesday, September 10, schools will start one hour later for Collaboration Days and will continue to do so every Wednesday thereafter throughout the school year.

Meet Our New Superintendent, Dr. Nathan McCann
Dr. Nathan McCann was appointed superintendent of the Ridgefield School District on March 25 and officially assumed duties on July 1. Previously, he served as superintendent of the Altar Valley School District in Tucson, Arizona.

In addition to community events such as coffee talks where community members can meet Superintendent McCann and share their perspectives of the school district, Superintendent McCann encourages any community member to contact him should they have any concerns or suggestions regarding the school district. He can be reached via email at nathan.mccann@ridge.k12.wa.us or via the district office at (360) 619-1305.

Construction Continues
Although the majority of the capital facilities projects will be finished or reaching completion by the first day of school, construction crews may continue to be present at our schools. Please use caution and care when walking or driving near any active construction sites.

For regular updates on the district's capital facilities construction projects, please visit the District's Construction Blog: http://www.ridge.k12.wa.us/domain/19

Annual Notifications Packet
The Annual Notifications Packet was mailed to Ridgefield households in early August. The packet contains important district notifications, a welcome letter from Superintendent McCann, a nondisclosure form, a letter to households regarding the National School Lunch Program, an application for Free and Reduced Meals, and the district calendar.

If you would like to download a copy of the packet from the website, you can get it here: http://www.ridge.k12.wa.us/domain/49

All About School - Website Section
Please visit the All About School section of the district website to answer many of your questions about school as well as download important forms at http://bit.ly/AllAboutSchool.

The All About Schools site includes the following sections:

* Forms & Resources: all forms and online applications are provided in this section including Athletics Safety Guidelines and Eligibility Packets; school calendars; student supply lists; links to Community Education, Skyward Access, Meal Menus, and useful websites; and much, much more.
* Frequently Asked Questions: find answers to many questions you may have, and ask your own, too.
* Schedules - Start/End Times: the start/end times for each school are provided in this section along with links to each school's specific bell schedules.
* School Contact Information: office and attendance phone numbers for each school are listed here along with the direct URL to each school's specific website.

Staff is back in the office on Wednesday, August 20!
If you need to register your student for school, need Skyward Access, or need help from building staff, all building secretaries and the majority of school staff will return from summer break on Wednesday, August 20 and will be ready to help you!

More information and regular updates from the district
As always, you can get more information about Ridgefield's schools from the following sources:

* Website: www.ridge.k12.wa.us
* Facebook: www.fb.com/RidgefieldSchools
* Twitter: www.twitter.com/RidgefieldSD
* Did You Know Email List: http://bit.ly/RSD-DYK
* Flash Alert Subscription: http://bit.ly/RSD-Flash