Department of Education Media Release
Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
Sunday, 24 June 2013
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education, Andrew Finch said staff and student safety was the number one priority and at no time was anyone at Port Dalrymple School at risk.
“The area was cordoned off immediately with activities moved to another area of the school.
“Work to remove the asbestos is taking place outside of school hours,” he said.
Mr Finch said that in January 2012, Johnstone McGee and Gandy Pty Ltd were engaged to prepare asbestos registers for all 430 sites under the control of DoE.
“All departmental sites have an Asbestos Register which is supported by detailed site plans identifying the locations of asbestos containing materials.
“A significant aspect of this project was also the removal of all high risk asbestos that has been identified through the audit.
“The Building the Education Revolution (BER) program also saw the removal of significant levels of asbestos from many school buildings, with a total expenditure of approximately $7 million on asbestos removal since 2010,” he said.
To all Parents & Carers
11 June 2013
Subject: Temporary closure of Prep-1/2 building
As many are aware, late on Friday afternoon we closed the Prep-1/2 building till further notice. This was due to a safety concern raised by a contractor. It is not related to the classrooms, play areas or any spaces accessed by the students but to the roof space which is believed to contain some asbestos.
Following discussions with the Department of Education at the weekend, the 3/4 building roof space has also been checked and it was found to be safe and clear of suspect material.
Children in Prep Brophy, Prep Weeks, 1/2 Menzie and 1/2 Marshall have been asked to remain at home today and tomorrow as a precaution while this work was undertaken. Thank you to all parents and families for your understanding and willing support.
The roof space in Prep-1/2 will be cleaned and the building given safety clearance before children return to their classrooms. Cleanup work will take place after hours and may take up to two weeks. Classes will be relocated elsewhere in the school.
A security fence has been erected around this building so no students will have access to the area where work is being undertaken.
On a brighter note, while the roof space is being accessed we will install insulation to make these classrooms warmer and more energy efficient.
Again I extend my appreciation to families for your flexibility and support.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.