Painting Protocol in Annapolis Maryland.

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools Maintenance Division in Annapolis, MD USA published an Indoor Air Quality Management Program in 1989. The Paint Protocol of the plan called for classrooms or other confined spaces to be vacated during the painting process. The principal was given the right not to occupy a classroom until he/she was satisfied that occupancy would not pose a hazard to the students. The policy required that parents be notified in advance, and that when parents expressed concerns about their child''s presence in the school during the painting period, the school officials and the parents were to resolve together what to do, on a case by case basis. Below is an example of the kind of memorandum that was sent to parents.

Dear Parents,

The maintenance division plans to start painting in our school on or about ________.

The health and safety of all students is our primary consideration as the painting crews undertake this maintenance and beautification project. The school plant is an important factor in the functioning of a total education program. Proper maintenance of school buildings is necessary in providing a healthy and pleasant atmosphere. The majority of paint being used in Anne Arundel Country Public Schools is latex water-based. Some heavy traffic areas and trim will require the use of oil-based paint. Paints containing lead are never used in school painting.

Instructional areas will be empty during painting and drying times, and children will not be in the cafeteria while it is being painted.

We anticipate that paint crews will be in the school for a period of ________, beginning on ____________.

If you have any questions or concerns about the scheduled painting, please feel free to contact me at __________.

With the co-operation of parents, students, and staff, this painting project will result in a bright, new look for our school. I hope you will stop by when the project is completed to see the results for yourself!



  Record #31, revised 1/3/2001


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