Oregon - Air Quality: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to address indoor air quality in schools.

Oregon Administrative Rules 581-022-2223 Healthy and Safe Schools Plan

(4) The Department of Education shall develop a model Healthy and Safe Schools Plan. The Department shall seek the input of the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and other stakeholders in developing the model plan. The model plan shall be made available on or before September 15, 2016.
(5) At a minimum, the Healthy and Safe Schools Plan must include:

  • (a) The position within the school district's or public charter school's administration responsible for maintaining and implementing the Healthy and Safe Schools Plan;
  • (b) A list of all facilities that are included in the school district's or public charter school's Plan;
  • (c) A plan to test for elevated levels of radon as required under ORS 332.167;

Oregon Revised Statutes 332.345 Tests of schools for elevated levels of radon; plan; results.

(1)  A school district shall develop a plan for testing schools for elevated levels of radon. At a minimum, plans developed under this subsection must:

  • (a)  Provide for the testing of radon in any frequently occupied room in contact with the ground or located above a basement or a crawlspace; and
  • (b)  Provide for the testing of radon in a school at least once every 10 years.

(2)  The Oregon Health Authority shall develop model plans for school districts to follow in implementing the requirements of this section. The authority shall seek the input of the Oregon School Boards Association in developing the model plans.

(3)  Results of a test performed under this section must be:

  • (a)  Provided to the district school board;
  • (b)  Provided to the authority in a manner prescribed by the authority; and
  • (c)  Made readily available to parents, guardians, students, school employees, school volunteers, administrators and community representatives at the school’s office or school district’s office or on a website for the school or school district.

(4)  Information provided and made available under subsection (3) of this section must include the level of radon at which the United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends schools take action to reduce indoor radon concentrations.
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