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Yet another school community facing possible asbestos exposure

This blog has recently reported on several schools and universities in several states encountering problems related to asbestos. In each situation, parents and faculty have been greatly concerned that school officials did not act quickly enough to inform them of potential health risks associated with possible asbestos exposure. The topic has once again surfaced in a Montessori school in another state. Minnesota parents of school age children may want to closely follow these cases and also learn more about where to seek support if a similar problem occurs in their hometowns.

The most recent report states that more than 200 parents gathered at a meeting to discuss a situation where asbestos has been found at their children's school. Construction has been ongoing at the school since November. School officials recently confirmed that workers may have drilled into drywall that contains asbestos. Drilling, hammering, scraping and other activity that disturbs asbestos-laden materials substantially increases the risk to the health of anyone exposed to the microscopic fibers in the air.

A consultant whose company was hired to test the air in the school, which was originally constructed in 1924, before renovations began in November said samples were taken and findings were reported to the proper officials. He said he has no idea what happened after that. Hundreds of parents are now concerned that they should have been told of a possible health risk, and that their children and perhaps they themselves have been exposed to asbestos during the months that the project has been ongoing.

For now, students are being moved to another building so that classes may continue while an investigation takes place and air quality in the main building can be tested. There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure and symptoms of illness are not typically immediately apparent. Anyone in Minnesota who has questions about legal issues regarding asbestos can consult an experienced asbestos litigation attorney.

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