Principal's pledge to protect kids in wake of asbestos scare
THE principal of a Warwick primary school has pledged to take additional precautionary measures to ensure the safety of young students after asbestos was detected on the oval.
Warwick Central State School principal Christine Dolley informed families the oval would be re-soiled, turfed and irrigated to give everyone "peace of mind" that all fragments of asbestos had been removed.
Ms Dolley said soil testing revealed a small amount of 'fibro' asbestos on the oval.
"The most pleasing part is to report that no asbestos in a fibrous state was found and air monitoring during the works done last weekend also confirmed that nothing unusual was detected in the air," Ms Dolley wrote in a letter to WCSS parents and caregivers.
"While a full assessment of the results of the testing process has determined that there is no risk to the health and safety of students and staff, the Department of Education has decided to scrape and re-turf the oval area as an added precautionary measure to give us all peace of mind that all fragments have been removed."
Work to re-surface the oval began today and are expected to finish by the end of next week.
The oval will be off-limits while the work takes place and the fields will be irrigated during the process.
Ms Dolley said she was appreciative of the support from families and the community associated with the school.
"I appreciate the wonderful support of the school community throughout the week and the assistance of the teachers who have adjusted their programs and lunch activities while the ground restrictions remain in place," she wrote.
"I look forward to seeing the result of these works."
An official Workplace Health and Safety investigation into the contractor who supplied the contaminated soil has commenced.
The supplier has been issued with an order to cease moving soil until the results of the investigation and associated outcomes have been finalised.