Radon Update

Radon Update

MCPS Radon Testing and Mitigation Program Update 

Dear School Parents, Guardians, and Staff, 

There have been recent news reports about elevated levels of radon in certain classrooms in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). This is to inform you that the MCPS Indoor Air Quality unit indicates that all classrooms and offices in our building are below the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) recommended action limit of 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). No action is needed at this time for our school. 

As background, radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown (decay) of uranium which is found in soil and rock all over the United States. The EPA recommends that the radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L should be retested prior to any mitigation efforts. 

Attached is a document providing facts about radon testing and whether slightly elevated levels of radon poses a safety hazard. I have also attached the Radon Testing and Mitigation Program Update from the MCPS Indoor Air Quality unit that provides an overview of the radon testing and mitigation program in MCPS. While there are no concerns of elevated levels of radon in our school, I wanted to make you aware of this information. 

Dr. Cynthia Eldridge 

Radon Testing Program Update-English

Radon Testing Program Update-Spanish