Asbestos statement

In the past, asbestos was used extensively in building materials because of its insulating, sound absorbing, and fire retarding capabilities. Virtually any building constructed before the late 1970s contained some asbestos. Intact and undisturbed asbestos materials generally do not pose a health risk. Asbestos materials, however, can become hazardous when they release fibers due to damage or deterioration over time. If the fibers are inhaled, they can lead to health problems, such as cancer and asbestosis.

Willow Oak Montessori facilities were constructed in 2020, and to the best of our knowledge as well as our architect and builders, no asbestos containing building materials (ACBMs) have ever been included in its construction nor brought into the building subsequently.

In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) which requires schools to be inspected to identify any asbestos containing building materials. Every three years, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Health Hazard Control Unit conducts an inspection at Willow Oak Montessori facilities to confirm that no ACBMs are present in our buildings. 

To accomplish these goals, Willow Oak Montessori now has on file the approved Asbestos Management Plan for the school facility. The provisions of the plan are being implemented in a timely and ongoing fashion. It is Willow Oak Montessori's desire to provide a safe and healthy facility for all students, employees, and visitors.

The purpose of this letter is to satisfy the requirements of AHERA for written notice of the availability of the Management Plan for review. Should you desire more information, please contact Willow Oak Montessori and ask for the Business Manager for further details.

Susan Johnstone, Head of School