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MSD Continues Radon Testing

Medford School District Families and Staff:

In our continued efforts to provide safe and healthy schools for our students and staff, the Medford School District is continuing to test for radon in schools. A state law now requires that all districts in Oregon test schools for radon before January 1, 2021.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from deposits in the soil.  It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and can work its way into buildings through cracks in the ground and openings in foundations or under structures.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among people who do not smoke. The threat of elevated radon levels in Southern Oregon is considered low; however, testing is the only way to determine radon levels.

Testing is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students.  It consists of placing a small container (test kit) in all rooms that people typically occupy and leaving it there for several days. The kits will be sent to a lab and results will be posted to the Facility Department page of our website: http://www.medford.k12.or.us/Domain/85.

While people may be exposed to elevated radon levels in schools, EPA data shows exposure at home is the number one source of radon exposure for most people. The EPA and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recommend that all homes be tested for radon.

For more information about radon, visit the OHA’s website: www.healthoregon.org/radon.  

For questions or concerns about testing, contact the district Facilities Department at (541) 842-3646.

Please remember that the health and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Ron Havniear

Facilities Manager

Medford School District