Boston Public Schools to Host Family Information Sessions on Water Safety
BOSTON - Monday, May 9, 2016 - To provide information on water safety in school facilities, Boston Public Schools will host two family information sessions this week. Under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Superintendent Tommy Chang, Boston Public Schools (BPS), as a proactive, precautionary measure, tested all sites with active water fountains in recent weeks. Out of 126 BPS facilities, 38 facilities with active water fountains were tested in recent weeks, and the results have been tripled verified by Boston Public Schools, Boston Water & Sewer Commission, and a third-party contractor. Out of the 38 facilities that were tested, four were found to have lead levels above the EPA action level of 15 ppb.
In addition, out of the remaining 88 "offline" facilities, BPS had started a pilot initiative to install new water fountains in six facilities: Curley K-8, Another Course to College, Boston Green Academy, Mather Elementary, Trotter K-8, and Lee K-8. These schools were chosen because previous water testing revealed that these facilities had lead levels within the acceptable limits. These fountains were turned on prematurely due to a miscommunication from the BPS Facilities Department. Subsequent testing results showed lead levels were above the EPA standard in some water fountains. All of these fountains should have remained "offline."One school - Mather Elementary in Dorchester - had water fountains left "online" for three weeks. The other schools' fountains were "online" for between 12 hours and one week. Families have been notified of this situation.
As a result, two BPS Facilities Department personnel were placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
For more information, visit: http://bostonpublicschools.org/water.