A message from RICHMOND MIDDLE SCHOOL
Dr. Bass has spent the last hour plus with the Army Corp of Engineers at RMS. During that time the Army Corp conducted numerous tests of the air in the cafeteria. In addition, tests were done throughout the Richmond Middle School as a precaution. All tests registered as "non-detect" (0) for TCE.
We have also been able to gather additional information about the timeline and content of the positive test. The positive test was conducted on Monday when school was not in session. During the period of the test the school HVAC system was inactive and therefore not circulating fresh air into the building. Further, the results of the test on Monday indicated other elements typically associated with a degreaser type material. The HVAC system kicked back on after 4AM on Tuesday morning.
Given the timeline and additional test results we believe that the most likely scenario was that a degreaser type material was introduced to the cafeteria area at some point during the holiday break. The cafeteria sample was collected during this break on Monday when air was not being actively exchanged. When the HVAC system came back online early Tuesday morning the system moved the contaminants out and the air has likely been at the "non-detect" levels we are now seeing from that point forward.
The RMS Cafeteria will be open and operating normally tomorrow.
We will continue with regular testing and monitoring to ensure that the air in the Richmond Middle School cafeteria, and throughout the building, remains safe.
Please let us know if you have further questions. We will keep you updated with any additional information.
Mike Lepene, RMS Principal
Frank Bass, Superintendent
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