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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Update on water testing in schools throughout the district

The purpose of this message is to provide parents and community members with an update on the process of testing the water in our schools.

The testing throughout the district began today (June 1) and is scheduled to continue through June 9. As you may know, water testing at Glencliff was recently completed. The samples from all seven other schools will be collected during this June period.

All sources of water used for cooking and drinking will be tested for lead levels, including classroom and hallway water fountains and kitchen faucets.

The district received the full results from the testing conducted at Glencliff today. Every sample taken from the school's water fountains had levels of lead that were below the limit established by the Environmental Protection Agency. Water fountains at the school have been reopened.

The tests did indicate elevated levels in "first draw" samples from two kitchen faucets at Glencliff. These are samples taken first thing in the morning, before the water has been running. After it ran for two minutes, the levels dropped below the EPA limit. As the district works to identify and address the issue, it will ensure that the water is run for this two minute period prior to use.

Similarly, if any results in the other schools show elevated levels, appropriate action will be taken.

There is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our students, staff and school visitors. The district is committed to being proactive in this area and keeping parents and community members informed.