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School Compliance

Radon Program

Mandatory Radon Testing and Private School Sworn Compliance

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As a condition of participating in state scholarship programs, private schools must complete an online a Scholarship Compliance Form. This form is to confirm that all private schools that receive state funds have met all applicable regulations. Mandatory radon testing may be one of those requirements.  Return to the Mandatory Radon Testing page.

The compliance confirmation includes a section on mandatory radon testing. In section 8, question H, the section refers to "Mandatory Measurements Nonresidential Radon Measurement Report (Form DH1777), in accordance with s. 404.056, Florida Statutes, and 64E-5, Florida Administrative Code." In discussions with Department of Education, it was determined that the question asks if you met all the conditions of mandatory radon testing, when or if you were required to test. The testing requirement has changed since its original inception in 1989. The materials the schools must have on hand to answer 'Yes' to the question will depend on how old the school is or how recently any structural changes were made to school buildings. These requirements are building specific rather than campus specific:

All schools in all counties in continual use since before July 1st, 1994 must test.
  
There should be record of at least two sets of testing. The first set of testing records should be pre-July 1st, 1994 testing that includes tests of 100% of all first floor and below grade rooms, 20% of any second story rooms, and 10% of any third story rooms. Bathrooms, storage rooms and kitchens are excluded form testing. Hallways are excluded unless a seating area is designated in the hallway. The second set of testing would have been performed between July 1st, 1994 and June 30, 1999. For buildings with all results from the first round of testing below 4 pCi/l, there should be results for testing of 20% of the ground contact rooms. For buildings with results greater to or equal 4 pCi/l during the first round of testing, there should be results for testing of 100% of the ground contact rooms. This is required of all schools in all counties. There are no exempt counties.

For school buildings opened between July 1st, 1994 and June 30th, 1999.
  
You should have Form DH1777 showing testing in 100% of all first floor and below grade habitable rooms. Bathrooms, storage rooms and kitchens are excluded from testing. Hallways are excluded unless a seating area is designated in the hallway. This is a requirement of all schools in all counties. There are no exemptions for any school buildings in continuous use since before July 1, 1999. Follow-up radon testing is required in school buildings in the counties where mandatory radon testing is required for post July 1st, 1999 buildings. The follow-up testing shall include 5% of ground contact rooms that students use in each building. These tests should be started after 5 years of occupancy and reported by the end of the sixth year.

For school buildings opened or structurally changed since July 1st, 1999.

You should have a Form DH1777 showing radon tests from a minimum of 20% of the ground contact rooms that would normally be used by students. Bathrooms, storage rooms and kitchens are excluded from testing. Hallways are excluded unless a seating area is designated in the hallway. This radon testing requirement is county specific and certain counties are currently exempt from radon testing. See the current mandatory testing information for more details and exclusions. After five years of occupancy, 5% of the rooms used by students shall be retested. Thus, a school that opened September 1st, 1999 shall perform retesting after September 1st, 2004 and have it reported to this office by September 1st, 2005.

If you believe that you performed the required radon testing, but are unable to find copies of your reports, contact the Bureau of Epidemiology, Radon program at 800-543-8279.  If the reports were filed with this office, we will be able to provide you with copies of the testing results. If your facility failed to comply with the mandatory testing, or no proof can be found to verify compliance, you must complete radon testing in accordance with the following:

For school buildings in continual use since before July 1st, 1994. 

Radon testing of all buildings is required statewide.  If no testing was performed, immediately complete 100% testing of ground contact rooms in each building. These rooms will include all rooms that students would be expected to use or visit as part of their normal school experience. Classrooms, offices, fellowship halls, cafeteria, gymnasiums, and clinics are the types of rooms to include. Bathrooms, kitchens, storage, teacher lounges are excluded. Hallways are excluded unless a designated seating area is in the hallway. Schedule to perform retesting after five years based on the results of the initial testing. 100% of ground contact floors shall be tested in buildings with results greater than or equal to 4 pCi/l, and 20% of ground contact floors in buildings with all radon test results less than 4 pCi/l. If only initial radon testing was completed, perform retesting based on the results of the initial testing as specified in the previous paragraph.

For school buildings opened between July 1st, 1994 and June 30th, 1999. 

Radon testing is required of all buildings statewide. If no testing was performed, immediately complete 100% testing of ground contact rooms in each building. These rooms will include all rooms that students would be expected to use or visit as part of their normal school experience. Classrooms, offices, fellowship halls, cafeteria, gymnasiums, and clinics are the types of rooms to include. Bathrooms, kitchens, storage, teacher lounges are excluded. Hallways are excluded unless a designated seating area is in the hallway.

If your school is in a county where radon testing is required of post July 1st, 1999 buildings, a follow-up test will be required. Schedule for 5% of the ground contact student used rooms to be tested in each building. This testing shall be performed after five years from the date of the first tests. They should be reported by the end of the sixth year after the date of the tests.  If the initial 100% testing was completed, but the retesting was not performed, perform the 5% retest now if it has been five years since the first tests. 

For School buildings opened or structurally changed since July 1st, 1999. 

Radon testing is required in selected counties. If you are required to test the building, enough rooms shall be tested to include at least 20% of the ground contact rooms in each building. These rooms will include all rooms that students would be expected to use or visit as part of their normal school experience. Classrooms, offices, fellowship halls, cafeteria, gymnasiums, and clinics are the types of rooms to include. Bathrooms, kitchens, storage, teacher lounges are excluded. Hallways are excluded unless a designated seating area is in the hallway. See the current mandatory radon testing information for more details.

Return to the radon main page mandatory radon testing information.