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Ahera Notification 2023-2024

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) 2023-24 Notification

Dear Parent, Guardian, and School Staff:

The Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires public and private non-profit primary and secondary schools to inspect their buildings for asbestos-containing building materials. This Act went into effect in 1986, and requires schools to:

  • Perform and original inspection and periodic re-inspections every 3 years for asbestos containing material; the next required triennial inspection will be completed in 2025.
  • Develop, maintain, and update an asbestos management plan and keep a copy at the school; these plans are available for review during the school day.
  • Provide yearly notification to parent, teacher, and employee organizations regarding the availability of the school’s asbestos management plan and any asbestos abatement actions taken or planned in the school.
  • Designate a contact person to ensure the responsibilities of the local education agency are properly implemented.
  • Perform periodic surveillance of known or suspected asbestos containing building material.
  • Provide custodial and maintenance staff with yearly asbestos awareness training.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires a pro-active, in-place management program whenever Asbestos Containing Building Material is discovered and is not removed.

  • Asbestos that has been identified will pose little risk if it is well maintained under an operations and maintenance program.
  • Removal is often not a building owner’s best course of action to reduce asbestos exposure. In fact, an improper removal can create a dangerous situation where none previously existed.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only requires asbestos removal to prevent significant public exposure to airborne asbestos fibers during building demolition or renovation activities.

Post Notification:

  • During the 2022-23 school year, Abatement was conducted on Classroom Blackboards and Pipe Insulation under contract with an Abatement Contractor and Project Monitor in Compliance with Code Rule 56, NYSDOH and NYSDOL.
  • During the 2022-23 school year there have been no instances where Asbestos was an imminent hazard to the health or well-being of our students or employees.

The District’s management plans are available for review through Health & Safety – Risk Management. For further information, contact Maureen Doherty, Coordinator of Health who is the Asbestos Designee for Orange-Ulster BOCES at (845) 781-4887.


Download the AHERA Notification PDF