The Building Maintenance Department oversees the quality and safety of the district’s school buildings, facilities and systems.
Asbestos Management Plan
The Duanesburg Central School District submits information regarding asbestos-containing building materials to the New York State Education Department, in compliance with the Department’s notification procedures. This information is documented in the school district’s Asbestos Management Plan, which is in accordance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763). This memorandum is intended to fulfill annual notification requirements. In compliance with the AHERA Regulation, the school district conducted its Asbestos Triennial Re-inspection in the spring of 2019. Documentation related to the re-inspection is available in the Asbestos Management Plan. The District continues to perform the required six month surveillance inspections as prescribed by AHERA.
The Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) for the district is kept on file at the district office at 133 School Drive, Delanson. These records are available for review during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or by making an appointment. For more information, contact Aanen Aanensen, Director of Facilities, at (518) 895-2279. Information about required inspections and any scheduled asbestos projects occurring this school year is contained within the AMP and is available on the district website.S
This District-wide School Safety Plan has been developed to comply with the mandates of the Rebuilding Schools to Uphold Education Act of 1998 (RESCUE) and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education at 8 NYCRR Section 155.17(e)(1). The plan’s protocols and procedures have become an extension of the District-wide Schools Against Violence In Education (S.A.V.E.) Plan and the Building S.A.V.E. Plans. It provides standard procedures to guide students and staff of the Duanesburg Central School District when responding to an emergency.
Please note: The district-wide safety plan is open to public comment from Sept. 25 to Oct. 25, 2019. If you would like to make a comment, please contact Penny Hardenstine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy
New York State Education Law Section 409-H and State Education Department Commissioner’s Regulation 155.24, effective July 1, 2001, require all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools to provide written notification to all persons in parental relation, faculty, and staff regarding the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year. The Duanesburg Central School District is required to maintain a list of persons in parental relation, faculty, and staff who wish to receive 48-hour prior written notification of certain pesticide applications. The following pesticide applications are not subject to prior notification requirements:
- a school remains unoccupied for a continuous 72 hours following an application;
- anti-microbial products;
- nonvolatile rodenticides in tamper resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
- nonvolatile insecticidal baits in tamper resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
- silica gels and other nonvolatile ready-to- use pastes, foams, or gels in areas inaccessible to children;
- boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate;
- the application of EPA designated biopesticides;
- the application of EPA designated exempt materials under 40CFR152.25;
- the use of aerosol products with a directed spray in containers of 18 fluid ounces or less when used to protect individuals from an imminent threat from stinging and biting insects including venomous spiders, bees, wasps, and hornets.
In the event of an emergency application necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human health, a good faith effort will be made to supply written notification to those on the 48-hour prior notification list. If you would like to receive 48-hour prior notification of pesticide applications that are scheduled to occur in your school, please call the district office at (518) 895-2279 or send the following information to the district office:
- If you are a person in parental relation, list the school(s) your child(ren) attend(s).
- If you are a school employee, list the school(s) or building(s) in which you regularly work.
- Your name, address, day phone, evening phone, and email. Please note that notifications will be made via email.
The Duanesburg Central School District uses an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to pests. IPM is recommended by the NYS Education Department and the US EPA.
School Drinking Water Testing For Lead
In 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed landmark legislation (S.8158/A.10740) mandating that schools across the state test drinking water for lead contamination. Lead is a toxic material that is extremely harmful to young children and can result in lowered IQ, behavioral problems and brain damage. The state Department of Health also issued emergency regulations pursuant to the new legislation, requiring that school districts test their water for lead contamination by Oct. 31, 2016 and report results to parents, the state Department of Health and local government officials.
- More Information on NYS Water Testing
- Elementary School Water Lead Test Results
- High School Water Lead Test Results
School Drinking Water Monitoring For Disinfection Byproducts – Duanesburg Elementary
Duanesburg Elementary School uses wells for their drinking water source. (The high school is on the Delanson public water system.) The elementary school wells are tested daily. The results of certain tests are also sent as required to Schenectady County Public Health Services. For the 2018 calendar year, the district missed a deadline to submit results for routine monitoring of disinfection byproducts at the elementary school. Schenectady County Public Health Services notified the district on Feb. 12, 2019 that it had a Minor Routine Monitoring violation.
The official Notice of Violation reads as follows:
Schenectady County Public Health Services
Environmental Health Unit
107 Nott Terrace, Suite 300
Schenectady, New York 12308-3170
February 12, 2019
NOTICE OF VIOLATION
New York State Sanitary Code, 10 NYCRR Part 5
Re: 27 – MONITORING, ROUTINE (DBP), MINOR
Violation ID: 2019 6917
Determination Date: February 11, 2019
DUANESBURG ELEM SCHOOL
PWS ID: NY4617191
DELANSON, SCHENECTADY County
Violation ID: 2018 6917
Determination Date: 2/11/2019
Name: 27 – MONITORING, ROUTINE (DBP), MINOR
Analyte Group: Microbiological Contaminants
Analyte Name: SCHEDULE DBP / STAGE 2
Analyte Code: DBP2
Compliance Period Begin: 1/1/2018
Compliance Period End: 12/31/2018
Violation Period Begin Date: 1/1/2018
Violation Period End Date: 12/31/2018
Our records indicate that the required sample for Disinfection Byproducts for the compliance period of 1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018 was not submitted. As such you are in violation of Section 5-1.51 and its associated monitoring requirements found at Section 5-1.52 Table 11 of the New York State Sanitary Code and are hereby issued this Notice of Violation. You are required to make public and consumer notification regarding this violation within 90 days.
The district is publishing this notice on this website to meet this requirement. The district is also taking steps to ensure deadlines are met in the future.
For more information
Director of Facilities II
Aanen Aanensen, (518) 895-2279 ext. 260