Asbestos found in several P.E.I. schools

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 10, 2016

Three Oaks Senior High School, Summerside

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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.’’