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Radon Testing in Schools

To continue providing safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, the district will begin testing for radon in schools on November 26, 2018. A new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test school buildings for radon before January 1, 2021.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time can cause lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking.

Radon can work its way into buildings, including homes and schools, through cracks in the ground and openings in foundations or under structures. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon. The only way to know if a building has elevated radon is to use specialized testing equipment.

The test is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students. It consists of placing an air-sample collection packet for several days in rooms that are in contact with the ground.

Please do not tamper with or move these test kits, and keep exterior windows and doors closed (except for normal entry/exit) during the testing period.

For more information about radon, visit Oregon Health Authority’s website: www.healthoregon.org/radon.

For questions or concerns about radon testing in 4J schools, contact the district’s Facilities Department at (541) 790-7400.

Radon testing dates:
This list covers the first three weeks of radon testing. Other dates and schools will be added when they are scheduled. We aim to have all schools tested by the end of March 2019. Thank you for your patience.

November 26–29, 2018:
Charlemagne Elementary School
Edgewood Elementary School
Edison Elementary School
Fox Hollow Campus
South Eugene High School

December 10–13, 2018:
Adams Elementary School
Arts & Technology Academy
Camas Ridge Elementary School
Chávez Elementary School
Chinese Immersion Elementary School
Family School
McCornack Elementary School
Roosevelt Middle School
Spencer Butte Middle School

January 14–17, 2019:
Building 2120
Churchill High School
ECCO (at the former Bailey Hill location)
Kennedy Middle School
River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School
Twin Oaks Elementary School

Helpful Links:

4J Radon Plan

Oregon Health Authority: Radon Gas and Public Health

Frequently asked questions about radon and schools