Asbestos found in several P.E.I. schools

Jim Day
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Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside is one of seven P.E.I. schools that have been found to have asbestos-containing material in acoustic lay-in ceiling tiles.

Asbestos material has been detected in
Three Oaks High School
East Wiltshire Intermediate
Eliot River Elementary
Glen Stewart Primary
Central Queens Elementary
Queen Elizabeth Elementary
St. Louis Elementary

Seven older P.E.I. schools have been identified to contain low levels of asbestos in ceiling tiles.

Twenty-eight schools were tested over the past two weeks, says Bob Andrews, acting superintendent of the English Language School Board.

Asbestos-containing material was detected in acoustic lay-in ceiling tiles in Three Oaks High School, East Wiltshire Intermediate, Eliot River Elementary, Glen Stewart Primary, Central Queens Elementary, Queen Elizabeth Elementary and St. Louis Elementary.

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He says ceiling tiles installed in P.E.I. schools before 1990 have high likelihood of containing asbestos.

Andrews notes Health Canada guidelines state that asbestos-containing materials do not pose a health risk as long as they are properly managed and maintained in good condition.

“We don’t feel there is any risk to our students and staff,’’ he says.

School staff have been reminded that ceiling tiles should only be moved or altered by trained authorized personnel.

Andrews says a plan is being development for possible replacement of the ceiling tiles.

“Nothing has been decided on yet,’’ he says.

“That is something we are working on with government.’’

Organizations: English Language School Board, Health Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I., Wiltshire, Elliot River St. Louis

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Recent comments

  • buda
    March 11, 2016 - 11:51

    Low levels people, and being disturbed means the tiles being broken or torn apart, not lifted up to add a hook to hang something on the tile hangers. And running wire for wifi? That just doesn't compute.

  • Off Island
    March 11, 2016 - 11:34

    Great that they are doing the tests, it could be worse, it could have gone undetected. Now for an action plan.

  • William J
    March 11, 2016 - 08:41

    Any asbestos is still bad asbestos! When is it going to be removed? Maybe Bob Andrews, his wife and family would like to work in these schools. Close the schools affected and get rid of it. NOW!!!!!

  • No Problem
    March 10, 2016 - 18:55

    Lead pipes.....Asbestos..No Problem?????????

  • country boy
    March 10, 2016 - 15:58

    There should not be any risk to students and staff in any school. how many teachers have moved the tiles to hang artwork or ornaments of one sort or another. This is totally unacceptable in our schools. Zero tolerance should be applied.

  • disturbed
    March 10, 2016 - 15:05

    They've been crawling through it running wires for this pretend wifi in the schools over the past 5 months. Consider it disturbed. Big Time!

  • mutt
    March 10, 2016 - 12:12

    As long as it is not disturbed it is of no harm. Ships around the world are full of it (insulation). It is when it is disturbed a problem arises.