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  • On Wednesday, May 6, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. 

    El miércoles, 6 de mayo, la Dra. Karen Salmon, superintendente de educación del estado, anunció que todas las escuelas públicas de Maryland permanecerán cerradas por el resto del año escolar 2019-20. 

    Le mercredi 6 mai, la Surintendante de l'éducation de l’État, Dr Karen Salmon, a annoncé que toutes les écoles publiques du Maryland resteront fermées pour le reste de l’année scolaire 2019-2020.

Radon Testing and Mitigation Program

Radon Testing and Mitigation Program

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) recognizes the importance of providing a healthy-learning environment for all students and staff members. Part of our environmental safety program is to follow the guidelines of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for radon testing and remediation.

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has been testing for radon in schools since the late 1980s. Comprehensive system-wide testing of all PGCPS facilities also was initiated during the 2016 – 2017 school year, and mitigation activities were completed during summer 2018. Testing and mitigation procedures complied with applicable U.S. EPA guidelines and industry best practices.

A nationwide survey of radon levels in schools estimates that nearly one in five has at least one schoolroom with a short-term radon level above the action level of 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) - the level at which EPA recommends that schools take action to reduce the level. 

Periodic testing will be conducted of all PGCPS facilities on a three-year cycle. For facilities that have an active mitigation system, testing will be conducted on a two-year cycle. In addition, facilities with new construction or other capital projects (i.e., window replacement or large ventilation upgrades) will be tested. This testing frequency was developed with guidance from the EPA and other experts in the field.

School is not the only place that students and teachers can be exposed to radon. Since children spend only about 20 percent of their time at school, and more time at home, EPA recommends that every home also should be tested. Find out how to test your home for radon.

 

Radon Test Results by School

School Year Tested #Rooms Tested Radon Levels (Range) pCi/L All Available Test Reports
Accokeek Academy 2017 45 0.1 - 2.5 Accokeek Academy Radon Test Results 2017
Adelphi Elementary 2017 26 0.1 - 1 Adelphi Elementary Radon Test Results 2017
Allenwood Elementary 2016 14 0.4 Allenwood Elementary Radon Test Results 2016
Andrew Jackson Academy 2016 13 0.04 - 1 Andrew Jackson Academy Radon Test Results 2016
Annapolis Road Academy Alternative High 2017 10 0.1 - 0.4 Annapolis Road Academy Radon Test Results 2017
Apple Grove Elementary 2017 22 0.1 - 3.3 Apple Grove ES Radon Test Results 2017
Ardmore Elementary 2017 15 0.2 - 0.9 Ardmore ES Radon Test Results 2017