The Tahoe Lake Elementary School modernization project has been on schedule since we began work last June. As you may know, we decided to relocate all students and staff to the Rideout school site this year to minimize disruptions in student learning and ensure safety while construction was underway. The relocation has worked well, and students are thriving.
Unfortunately, we have had to suspend work at the Tahoe Lake site temporarily while we review test results that show elevated levels of lead. Placer County notified us of the concern.
As a precautionary measure, the district chose to close the Tahoe Lake construction site and suspend activity while we take steps to clearly identify the extent of the contamination and thoroughly clean the affected areas. We expect this process to take several weeks. Our assessment is that the lead was exposed and disturbed during the construction process and was not a health risk for students and staff while they were on the campus.
Safety is a top priority in our district – not only for our students and staff when they are in school, but in how we build and maintain our learning environments. We are following effective procedures and are taking prudent action to ensure that the campus facilities and grounds are safe. We will conduct further testing before resuming construction and reoccupying the school.
We look forward to getting back on track with the construction, but we cannot say for sure yet how this will affect our timeline. We will keep you informed on our progress and notify you once construction has resumed.