Testing for asbestos exposure at Bay Minette Elementary School uncovered no imminent threat of danger, but the school’s library has been closed to encapsulate an area of concern, school system officials said Thursday.
The testing was in response to concerns from parents who turned out en masse at the school board’s regular meeting on April 16 and threatened to keep their children out of school until it was declared safe from asbestos. Several parents made good on that promise, although they allowed many of their kids to go on Thursday after nearly a week out of school.
However, the EPA’s observation report did uncover two specific failures by the Baldwin County school system. According to the report, the district “failed to provide annual notifications to parent/teacher/employee organizations” and it “failed to develop and/or implement” an operations and maintenance plan.