Radon in schools
Radon Could Be a Serious Threat to Your Schools
Chances are you’ve already heard of radon – a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.
But what you might not have heard is that high levels have been found in a number of schools across the country. Therefore, it is important that students, teachers and parents be aware that a potential problem could exist in their school.
A nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimates that nearly one in five has at least one schoolroom with a short-term radon level above the action level of 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) – the level at which EPA recommends that schools take action to reduce the level. EPA estimates that more than 70,000 schoolrooms in use today have high short-term radon levels.
The only way to determine if a problem exists is to test for it. Having your school tested for radon is something you may want to discuss with your school officials. Because as real as the threat of radon is, the good news is that the problem can be solved.
(Information provide by the EPA – United States Environmental Protection Agency)
EPA’s national survey of schools produced some alarming results about concentrations in our children’s classrooms. Public awareness must be raised about the hazards of radon to hasten efforts to reduce the danger. All schools must be tested to determine if there is a problem, and schools must inform parents of the results. We cannot ignore this problem.”Kathryn Whitfill, National PTA President.
All students have the right to expect a safe and healthy environment. Teachers and other school employees should encourage their schools to conduct radon tests and undertake all necessary corrective actions. The health of our children demands no less.Keith Geiger, NEA President.
Statistics on Vermont Schools
Are Vermont Schools at Risk with Radon Gas?
Vermont schools total: 295
Student total enrollment: 84,408
Admin, teach & staff: 18,272
Average school occupancy: 348
Schools tested by VT department of health: 91
Number of schools where radon levels were above 4.0 pCi/L: 11
Then the schools not tested: 204
Then, how many schools not yet tested, will have dangerous radon levels: 24
Total number of kids, teachers and staff in these schools: 70,992
Total number of kids, teachers and staff in schools with high radon levels that have not yet tested: 8,519
Below is a list of all the schools that have been tested since 2006. If a public school is not on that list, then they did not test with the Health Department’s Radon Program between 2006 and now. (as of 2/19/19) If your child’s school is not listed, it is important for you to contact your school and ask them to have the school tested.
Barre Town Middle & Elementary
Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax
Brewster Pierce Elementary
Champlain Valley Union High
Crossett Brook Middle
Grand Isle Elementary
Hazen Union High
Lake Region Union High
Leland and Gray High
Main Street Middle
Newark School NewBrook Elementary
Randolph Union High
Roxbury Village School
Rutland Area Christian School
St. Albans City School
St. Albans Town Education Center
Summit Street School
Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes
Whitcomb Jr/Sr High
In addition privately tested schools not included in the data: Burr and Burton Academy