On November 13, 2002, the Triton Regional School Committee voted to adopt a new “Potassium Iodide Distribution Policy.” Members of the School Safety Committees in each school building and members of the Triton Regional School District Health Services staff supported this new policy as a result of extensive study and recommendations. The distribution of potassium iodide to Massachusetts communities located within ten mile zones of nuclear power plants has been coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The existing emergency response plans for any nuclear accident in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts rely on evacuations and sheltering-in-place to prevent exposure to radioactive materials that could be released during an “On-Site” or “General Emergency.” If there is 8. radiological emergency from a nuclear power plant, large amounts of radioiodine could be released into the air. Radioiodine is one form of radiation that can be inhaled or ingested through food. Potassium iodide (Kl) pills protect the thyroid gland from adsorbing radioiodine. Children represent the population most vulnerable to developing thyroid cancer as a result of exposure to radioiodine, Potassium iodide would be a supplement to the primary protective measures of evacuations and sheltering in the event of a radiological emergency at Seabrook Station.
As a parent or guardian of a student at Newbury Elementary School, Salisbury Elementary School, Triton Regional Middle School, and/or Triton Regional High School you have the option of choosing to provide your written consent to distribute potassium iodide to your son/daughter in the event of a nuclear accident at Seabrook Station. Please refer to the “MDPH Use of Potassium Iodide (KI) During Radiological Emergencies Information for the Public” enclosed as a reference in making your decision. You should also speak with your child’s primary care provider regarding any risk factors that should be considered in making your decision. A signed copy of the enclosed “Potassium Iodide Parent/Guardian Informed Consent Form” will be required for us to provide potassium iodide to any student. A signed Informed Consent Form will be required annually for M child to receive potassium iodide. One form will be required for each student. Please note, verbal consent will not be accepted at any time. If you have any additional questions, please contact the principal at your child’s school. You are also welcome to log onto the MDPH website at http://www.mass.gov/dph/rep to access more in-depth information to guide you in your decision-making. If you do not have access to this website, you may phone the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Radiation Control Program at (617) 242-3035.