Office of Environmental Management
440 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
December 13, 2019
Dear Richmond School Community,
On November 27, 2019, the Office of Environmental Management & Services communicated
that a prior environmental assessment found minor damage to asbestos insulation in classrooms,
hallways, restrooms, staff offices, faculty lounge, stairways, custodial closet and mechanical
spaces. This minor damage is not an immediate health or safety hazard to the students and staff.
The Office is working to repair these areas, and work is expected to be completed by December
In addition, as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that all schools are healthy and safe for
students and staff, a building-wide visual inspection was completed at your school by the
Principal and Facilities Area Coordinator (FAC) on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
There was one major area of concern identified in Room 107 that involved damage to
asbestos-containing pipe insulation. Room 107 was closed later that day to students and staff.
The kindergarten students have been relocated to Room 103 so that teaching and learning can
continue uninterrupted. While the room is unoccupied, the area of concern has been addressed
and additional work is being performed to remove all other asbestos-containing pipe insulation in
the classroom. All work is anticipated to be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. No students or
staff will return to the classroom until the damage is repaired, and the area is tested and
determined to be safe for re-occupancy.
The health of our students and the safety of our schools remains a top priority. To learn more
about what the District is doing please visit the website at the bottom of this page. If you have
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The School District of Philadelphia
Office of Environmental Management & Services