Bradley students return after new tests show drop in radon

Bradley students return after new tests show drop in radon

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Students who were pulled from a program at North Providence High School have now begun classes at the facility, after the latest radon test results show a drop in levels.

Before the start of the academic year, Lifespan School Solutions, the parent corporation of The Bradley Schools, announced its decision to pull four of its students from the NPHS facility, after short-term radon test results showed 8.0 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L, of radon.

The Environmental Protection Agency “recommended” threshold is below 4.0 pCi/L, as reported previously by The Breeze, and should levels in a school reach 4 pCi/L or higher, but fall below 10 pCi/L, follow-up tests should be conducted within nine months.

Supt. Bridget Morisseau told The Breeze that after a new ventilation system was installed in the classroom that The Bradley Schools was slated to use, another round of short-term tests showed radon levels at .4 pci/L.

Recently, Morisseau said, The Bradley Schools informed North Providence school officials that the program would return to the NPHS campus.

The latest results came in about three weeks ago, Morisseau said, and were compiled by AccuStar Labs after Josephine Saltzman of Ocean State Analytical Services conducted follow-up, short-term tests in the ground level classroom The Bradley Schools planned to use.

Morisseau said prior to the start of the academic year, the North Providence School Department and The Bradley Schools had been communicating about environmental test reports.

“It was very much a conversation,” she said.

After The Bradley Schools made its decision to pull students from NPHS before the start of the school year, Morisseau said, those students were housed at the company’s facility in Providence.

David Levesque, director of public relations and marketing with Lifespan, said students began attending school at NPHS on Sept. 25, following a meeting mid-September when North Providence school officials met with The Bradley Schools representatives to review follow-up tests conducted on Sept. 11.

Since the results fell within acceptable levels, Levesque said, the company decided the students could attend school at the North Providence High facility.

Morisseau said through the whole process, North Providence school officials were in contact with The Bradley Schools, keeping the company updated on all testing information.

“Lifespan has every right to make that decision to relocate temporarily until we got the results,” she said.

Comments

Ever ask how come other schools are showing up at NPHS? We have one of the lowest pupil to teacher ratios in the state so maybe that's it? We also have one of the highest paid teaching staffs and it just continues to snow ball into more tax dollars.
Getting Radon levels acceptable with ventilation kind of means it wasn't right to start with, records show radon issues from 1992 in the NPHS. No one seems to ask the question, what about all the kids that have gone thru those rooms?