Dine’ Education Building Closed – Photo by Albert Deschine
Published July 21, 2016
WINDOW ROCK — Navajo Nation Occupational Safety & Health Administration (NNOSHA) issued an Order restricting the Department of Diné Education (DODE) building with limited access and the Education facility will not reopen without the approval by NNOSHA.
The Order is a result of rodents identified within the facility. Limited access is for Education programs, within the Education Center, to retrieved documents and files from workstation to continue business for the remainder of the week and next week.
Now, DODE programs are seeking other worksites in order to continue business hours. Facilities Maintenance has contracted a company to fumigate and clean the building beginning this weekend. The clean-up will continue next week and it may take additional 3-5 days to complete the clean-up.
For safety and health reasons, the public cannot enter the Education Center during the time the restriction is in effect. .
In the meantime, Navajo OSHA recommends Education Center employees to identify other temporary workstations during the time a consultant will enter the Education Center to clean the first and second floors of the facility.
This morning, all employees within the Education Center, held an informational meeting with Mr. Hudson and Mr. Arbin Mitchell, Chief of Staff of the Office of the President and Vice President. Mr. Mitchell issued a directive to DODE Program directors to identify and setup temporarily work offices outside the Education Center. DODE anticipates normal operation will continue Monday, August 1st.
On a temporary basis:
- Navajo Head Start will set-up office in the DODE Auditorium.
- DODE Admin will be at the Navajo Library
Contact DODE Website and Facebook page for update on location of DODE Programs temporary offices.
For additional information on the Education building restriction and limited access, please contact Navajo OSHA at (928) 871-6742.