Sleepy Eye Health and Safety Annual Notification 2015-2016
Sleepy Eye Public Schools is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for
all employees, students, and public citizens utilizing the school facilities. The District maintains
a Board approved Health and Safety Program that lists and documents the procedures and plans
for maintaining a safe and healthy environment. The Health and Safety Program also helps the
District maintain compliance with the numerous state and federal regulations and laws governing
health and safety issues in the District. As a part of that compliance, each year the District
notifies the employees and parents of following ongoing programs.
1. Presence of Asbestos within District Buildings
The Sleepy Eye Public School District has continued to respond to asbestos present in
our school buildings through monitoring and maintenance. Asbestos, most often found
contained in thermal pipe insulation, is a mineral fiber associated with increased levels of disease
Since the implementation of the Asbestos Management Plan in 1989 the District has
continued with its ongoing asbestos operations and maintenance program, including periodic
surveillance every six months in each of the District’s buildings. During periodic surveillance,
damage to material containing asbestos is noted and repaired following strict procedures.
Asbestos is dangerous only when it is broken loose from building material into fine, dustlike
fibers and inhaled. When this condition becomes a possibility, asbestos is removed.
This past year the District conducted the periodic surveillance as required by the
Asbestos Management Plan. These inspections are done to maintain asbestoscontaining
materials in a safe condition in all areas of the buildings where asbestos is present. In addition,
this summer the District employed a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to remove asbestos
pipe insulation throughout the basement of the High School.
The detailed Asbestos Maintenance Plan and updated information for each building, and
for the entire district, is open to public review. You can find the Asbestos Management Plan
located in the District Office of Sleepy Eye Public Schools. If you have any further questions
about asbestos or other safety related issues, please contact the District’s Safety Coordinator,
Timothy Harbo, at (507) 3515495 or the District Office .
2. Integrated Pest Management
Sleepy Eye Public Schools, as part of the District’s Health and Safety Program, has an
Integrated Pest Management Program. This program establishes procedures on the use of
pesticides in and around the District’s Buildings.
Sleepy Eye Schools utilize a licensed, professional pest control service firm for the
prevention and control of rodents, insects, weeds, and other pests in and around the district’s
building. Their program consists of :
1. Inspection and monitoring to determine whether pests are present, and whether any
treatment is needed;
2. Recommendations for maintenance and sanitation to help eliminate pests without the need
for pest control materials;
3. Utilization of nonchemical
measures such as traps, caulking, and screening;
4. Application of EPA registered pest control materials when needed after regular school
hours or when school is not in session.
Pests can sting, bite, cause contamination, damage property, and spread disease, therefore
we must prevent and control them. The longterm
health effects on children from the application
of such pest control materials, or the class of materials to which they belong, may not be fully
understood. All pest control materials are chosen and applied according to label directions per
In addition, school district personnel may apply pest control materials inside or on school
grounds as needed.
Pest control materials are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
and are selected and applied according to label directions.
An estimated schedule of interior pest control inspections and possible treatments is
available for review or copying at each school office. A similar estimated schedule is available
for the application of herbicides and other materials to school grounds. Parents of students may
request to receive, at their expense, prior notification of any application of a pest control
material, should such an application be deemed necessary on a day different from the days
specified in the schedule.
3. Air Quality
The District maintains a comprehensive program for Air Quality in the school buildings.
The purpose of this program is to maintain optimum air quality in the District buildings.
Throughout the year air quality is monitored and air handling systems are maintained on an
established schedule to insure good air quality. The District will continue to monitor, maintain,
and address air quality issues. If you have any questions or concerns regarding air quality and
the Air Quality Management Program please contact Doug Domier, Buildings and Grounds, or
the District Office.
4. Emergency Procedures
The District has developed detailed plans for emergency procedures such as fires,
tornadoes, or other crisis issues. Some of those plans have building specific procedures which
will be provided by the building administration at the start of the school year. Plans can be found
in each office.
5. Employee Right To Understand
The Health and Safety Program provides detailed information on chemicals and
conditions determined to pose potential hazards to employees who work with these chemicals.
Affected employees receive annual training and the District maintains material safety data sheets
on these chemicals and conditions. For more information on this program, contact the District
6. Safety Committee
The District has an employee/administration safety committee that meets regularly during
the school year to address safety concerns and issues. Please feel free to contact Timothy Harbo
at the District office if you have concerns or issues relating to health and safety in the District.