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In compliance with OAR 581-022-2223, KNOVA/RPA has developed a Healthy and Safe Schools Plan.  This plan is based upon the recommendations from the Oregon Department of Education which included guidance from the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, the Oregon Department of  Environmental Quality, and other stakeholders, and is in compliance with State regulations

RESPONSIBLE PERSON:  The person responsible for maintaining and implementing the Healthy and Safe Schools Plan is John Nelsen, Executive Director, KONVA LEARNING/RPA, 740 SE 182nd  Gresham, OR 97233

LIST OF BUILDINGS  This plan covers the following buildings: 

  • RPA Learning Gym Building “A”: 740 SE 182nd, Gresham, OR 97233 
  • RPA Elementary Building “B”: 740 SE 182nd,  Gresham, OR 97233 
  • RPA Middle School Building “D”  740 SE 182nd,  Gresham, OR -7233

SAFE WATER:  All school districts, education service districts, and public charter schools are required to test for and eliminate exposure to elevated levels of lead in water used for Drinking and Food Preparation through either remediation or eliminating access, according to OAR 333-061-0400 and OAR 581-022-2223. 

In conformance with those administrative rules, RPA conducted initial testing of water throughout the facility in the summer of 2016

  1. All testing was done according to the testing requirements in OAR 333-061-0400;
  2. All samples were analyzed by a lab accredited by Oregon Health Authority to test for those materials;
  3. All water fixtures required to be tested under OAR 333-061-0400 were tested for elevated levels of lead in accordance with the testing schedule developed by the Oregon Health Authority;
  4. RPA  conducted initial testing of water throughout the facility in the summer of 2016. TEST RESULTS
  5. All drinking water and water used in food preparation were found to have lead at levels much lower than 20 parts per billion. 
  6. RPA will repeat school-wide testing of every water outlet used for drinking and/or food preparation every six years beginning in summer 2022.

Looking Forward, In the event that testing reveals water sources with dangerous levels of lead. RPA’s plan for reducing exposure to lead in water used for drinking or food preparation includes the following components as recommended by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority:

  1.  Identify sources of lead: Our facilities will test taps used for drinking and food preparation to identify any lead problems.
  2. Stop access: Access will be prevented to water taps that have more than 20 parts per billion (ppb) of lead, including shutting off taps, covering water fountains, and providing bottled water to students and staff members.
  3.  Results from tests for lead in water will be made available to students, families, and the community as quickly as possible.
  4. Mitigate and correct: The sources of lead in building plumbing will be replaced or decommissioned using the EPA 3 t’s Guidance in all mitigation work.
  5. Communicate results of testing to RPA families and staff KNOVA families via e-mail.  In addition, community members can access a copy of this lead testing plan (as well as results) in the school’s main office upon request OR can be reviewed on the school website.   

RADON TESTING: OAR 581-022-2223(5)(c) states that the Healthy and Safe Schools Plan must include a plan to test for elevated levels of radon as required under ORSHealthy and Safe Schools Plan 332.167.   KNOVA/RPA has contracted with Cascade Radon Inc. to conduct testing in early Spring 2021   Radon contract

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN:  KNOVA 2019 Pest Management Plan.docx – Google Docs

COMMUNICATION:  OAR 581-022-2223(5)(g) states that the Healthy and Safe Schools Plan must include a plan to  communicate results for all testing required under the Healthy and Safe Schools Plan: 

  • RPA commits to making all test results available to the public  within five business days of receiving the results; 
  • RPA commits to making testing results available to the public by posting results on the school website, and making the results available in hardcopy at the main administration  office; and 
  • RPA commits to providing detailed test results in plain and easily understood language.
  • RPA commits providing, upon request, test results in hardcopy at the main administration office.