Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00
Last Thursday, the head of facilities at the Syosset Central School District discovered asbestos planks by a dumpster outside of the Syosset High School. According to the district, they were from a cleanup of the boiler room that took place earlier that day. The district’s environmental services contractor was contacted to test the substance.
Once the substance was confirmed to be asbestos, the school’s students, faculty and personnel were evacuated, buses were brought to the school and parents were notified through a district-wide Connect-Ed message. The district said that they took immediate action to safeguard the health and safety of all students, faculty and personnel.
Students who needed to remain in school were transported to South Woods Middle School until the end of the school day.
Remediation began and air testing on Saturday confirmed that the air is safe. The High School will be closed for Spring break vacation starting on Monday, March 29 and will reopen on April 7.
“We have been informed by the New York State Department of Labor and the Nassau County Department of Health that the District has taken all appropriate actions,” said the district in a statement.