Although there has been news about poor water quality in schools in the media lately, most notably in Flint, Michigan, we will test for the following reasons: we believe that as we begin our elementary capital project, having this information will help us determine how we want to handle current water stations and sinks in the buildings, and we want to be proactive in identifying any potential areas of need while current construction is underway.
We will be testing specifically for lead and copper at all sinks, drinking fountains and entry points at each individual building. The samples will be drawn by our BOCES Safety and Health Specialist, and we will be using EPA protocols for the samplings. Further, we will also use a lab certified through the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) for New York State and Pennsylvania for sample analysis. As we receive results, we will share them with the community, the Department of Health and all parents. If we see results that exceed applicable environmental standards, these sources will be shut off immediately and remedial measures will be taken. This could include providing fresh water to staff and students for drinking and hand washing if necessary.
I want to stress that we are taking this action only because we feel strongly that we all need to know with certainty that the water available to children and staff in our school buildings is 100% safe. We expect to have results sometime in April and at that time you can expect a follow up communication relative to those results.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at 936-3704, ext. 1001. Any and all thoughts and questions are welcomed.