School Radon Training & Support System
46% of Iowa school buildings have tested at or above the EPA’s action level.*
EAIS is dedicated to leveraging public-private partnerships to support Iowa schools. A grant was recently submitted to the Wellmark Foundation to help cover the costs of school radon test kits, help with potential mitigation costs, and community radon test kits. A Year 2 grant application to the Iowa Cancer Consortium (and Iowa Department of Public Health/Centers for Disease Control) will be submitted shortly to continue expanding the number of schools receiving matching grants for radon training, testing and support through EAIS and the School Radon Training & Support System (SRTSS).
Radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer, and it may be in your school. In Iowa radon testing is currently required for Voluntary Preschool Programs for Four-Year-Old Children. Why not make sure ALL of our students, staff and community members are safe?
EAIS is here to be your Radon Champion with the School Radon Training & Support System (SRTSS). Participants:
- Save taxpayer dollars by learning to test for radon themselves
- Gain an individualized school radon plan for testing, communication and action
- Benefit from confidential test results tracking
- Receive assistance identifying maintenance and repairs
- Grow from ongoing coaching and support for one year
Program costs are between $1,900 and $11,900 based upon school district enrollment size, and include discounts for previous participants and EAIS energy members. Discounted commercial radon test kits are separate at $7/each.
To give you an overview of the way SRTSS works, last year’s information is below. Stay tuned for updates as news of grant dollars arrives in May and June 2018.
Dates, times and locations for our 2017-18 SRTSS Kickoff Workshops were:
- October 11, 2017: Red Oak, IA, Southwestern Community College Red Oak Center
- October 25, 2017: Coralville, IA, University of Iowa Research Park BioVentures Center
- November 8, 2017: Clear Lake, IA, Central Rivers Area Education Agency
YEAR 1 (new) SCHOOL DISTRICTS: Each School Radon Team, made up of a facility manager(s) and a superintendent/district spokesperson, is required to participate in one Kickoff Workshop above from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. before testing their own buildings.
YEAR 2 and 3 SCHOOLS: School Radon Teams who started their Radon Testing Rotations in 2015-17 are required to attend a half-day of a Kickoff Workshop from 12 – 2:30 p.m.
Matching grants of $1000 per school district and access to a $9000 shared mitigation assistance fund (if needed) are available for Iowa schools, thanks to the Iowa Cancer Consortium and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
For more information, contact EAIS here.
* Source: 2016-17 School Radon Training & Support System 4th Quarter Report to the Iowa Cancer Consortium.
1) United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Radon Measurement in Schools: Revised Edition (1993); 2) Iowa Department of Public Health Radon Testing Protocols for Iowa Child Care Centers (2014); 3) EPA Managing Radon in Schools (2010); 4) ANSI-AARST MALB 2014 Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Products In Schools and Large Buildings, and 5) School Radon Training & Support System experience and school district participant input.
SRTSS collaborators include: Dr. Bill Field, University of Iowa College of Public Health, Gail Orcutt, radon-induced lung cancer survivor; Healthy Homes Radon Education and Consulting; Iowa Cancer Consortium; and the Iowa Department of Public Health.