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Further asbestos testing scheduled

Press release from Wellington Kindergartens

Further asbestos testing scheduled

Wellington Kindergartens is undertaking further tests of the soil around Pukerua Bay Kindergarten after small pieces of asbestos were found in the grounds last week. The area was immediately cordoned off and the asbestos was removed last Thursday by an experienced asbestos removal company.

“We have had good advice that the kindergarten grounds are safe” says Amanda Coulston, general manager of Wellington Kindergartens. “Further testing is being undertaken to reassure families – this is another step that can be taken.”

The top layer of the soil and the subsoil will be tested and results will be available within 36 hours.

“We take safety of children very seriously. Every morning before children arrive for the day, teachers undertake hazard inspections at each of our 63 kindergartens to ensure the environment is safe.“

An email was sent to all parents at Pukerua Bay Kindergarten last week about the situation, and a further email is being sent today. The Pukerua Bay Kindergarten facebook page and Wellington Kindergartens’ facebook page and website also contain information.

The Ministry of Education has been informed and is satisfied with the Kindergarten’s actions to date. The Ministry supports further testing to reassure families.

Regional Public Health has also been informed and is providing advice.

Any parents with any concerns or any former parents are asked to contact Wellington Kindergartens directly on 232 3069, or contact Jenny on 029 445-5426.

Parents can also contact Regional Public Health on 570 9002.


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