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District receives water-testing results

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 6, 2016) -- In accordance with a new law Gov. Cuomo signed in September, the City School District of Albany has joined all public schools statewide in testing all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes for lead levels. 

 

The district conducted testing of water outlets this fall at all 20 buildings – about 1,500 samples in total – with the assistance of a state-approved laboratory. A water outlet is any water source in a building that someone could possibly draw water to drink. This includes bathroom sinks, janitorial sinks and kitchen sinks.

 

The district tested all 12 elementary schools by the state’s Sept. 30 deadline for elementary testing. The district then tested all middle schools, the Alternative Learning Center, Albany High School (including the Abrookin Career and Technical Center), the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center and Academy Park by the state’s Oct. 31 deadline for secondary schools and administrative buildings. 

 

The district received results for all 12 elementary schools in November – six had results above the state’s new limit, and six had all water outlets cleared. The district received the results for its secondary schools and administrative buildings In December (see results below). Click here to read a letter from Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., when the district received its first round of elementary test results in November.

 

Results are listed by building below. Any outlets testing above 15 parts per billion (ppb) must be shut down, fixed and re-tested (see below for additional steps the district is taking):

 

Academy Park

  • Tests completed in October

  • No outlets tested above the state’s new limit

 

Albany High School (including Abrookin)

  • Tests completed in October

    • Abrookin Career and Technical Center

      • One of 31 outlets tested was above the state's new limit (Click here to read a letter to Albany High families from Dr. Wilkins):

        • Sink in the Culinary Program classroom (39.3 ppb)

    • Albany High School

      • 53 of 230 outlets tested were above the state's new limit (Click here to read a letter to Albany High families from Dr. Wilkins):

        • Room 316 sink D (23.7 ppb)

        • Room 312 sink A (1,400 ppb)

        • Room 312 sink B (280 ppb)

        • Room 312 sink C (23 ppb)

        • Room 312 sink D (76.7 ppb)

        • Room 312 sink F (15.8 ppb)

        • Room 312 sink G (225 ppb)

        • Room 312 sink H (1,560 ppb)

        • Room 312 sink I (78.8 ppb)

        • Room 310 sink C (17.7 ppb)

        • Room 310 sink D (34 ppb)

        • Room 310 sink E (34.2 ppb)

        • Room 310 sink H (15.6 ppb)

        • Room 310 sink I (23.5 ppb)

        • Room 330 sink A (26.4 ppb)

        • Room 330 sink B (36.2 ppb)

        • Room 332 sink A (24.8 ppb)

        • Room 352 sink (26.9 ppb)

        • Room 348 sink (17.2 ppb)

        • Room 313 sink C (275 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink A (18.4 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink B (696 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink C (121 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink D (167 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink E (146 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink F (1,700 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink G (689 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink H (102 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink J (85.9 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink K (485 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink L (432 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink M (256 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink N (167 ppb)

        • Room 311 sink O (227 ppb)

        • First-floor copy room sink (23.8 ppb)

        • Kitchen sink H (16.2 ppb)

        • Athletic Department men's bathroom sink A (16.6 ppb)

        • Athletic Department men's bathroom sink B (78.4 ppb)

        • Girls' locker room shower A (134 ppb)

        • Girls' locker room shower B (73.9 ppb)

        • Girls' locker room shower C (527 ppb)

        • Girls' locker room shower D (130 ppb)

        • Girls' locker room shower E (193 ppb)

        • Girls' locker room shower F (95.8 ppb)

        • Girls' locker room shower G (2,210 ppb)

        • Pool girls' locker room shower A (496 ppb)

        • Pool girls' locker room shower B (321 ppb)

        • Pool girls' locker room shower C (376 ppb)

        • Pool girls' locker room shower D (290 ppb)

        • Pool drinking fountain (28.8 ppb)

        • Pool boys' locker room shower A (76.8 ppb)

        • Pool boys' locker room shower B (555 ppb)

        • Pool boys' locker room shower C (837 ppb)

 

Albany School of Humanities (ASH)

  • Tests completed in September

  • Three of 133 water outlets tested returned results above the state's new limit. (Click here to read a letter from Dr. Wilkins to ASH families):

    • Second floor janitors’ sink, across from room 211 (17.6 ppb)

    • Kitchen sink (32 ppb)

    • Sink in room 246 (240 ppb)

 

Alternative Learning Center (50 North Lark St.)

  • Tests completed in October

  • No outlets tested above the state's new limit

 

Arbor Hill Elementary School

  • Tests completed in September

  • Three outlets of 60 tested returned results above the state’s new limit (Click here to read a letter from Dr. Wilkins to Arbor Hill Elementary families):

    • First-floor janitors’ sink, rear of school (15.6 ppb)

    • Second-floor girls’ bathroom sink, near room 253 (17.9 ppb)

    • Second-floor staff lounge sink (17.9 ppb)

 

Delaware Community School

  • Tests completed in September

  • No outlets tested above the state’s new limit

 

Eagle Point Elementary School

  • Tests completed in September

  • No outlets tested above the state’s new limit

 

Giffen Memorial Elementary School

  • Tests completed in September

  • 23 outlets of 146 tested returned results above the state’s new limit (Click here to read a letter to Giffen families from Dr. Wilkins):

    • Room 100 drinking fountain (35.1 ppb)

    • Room 101 sink (17.6 ppb)

    • Room 102 drinking fountain (27.7 ppb)

    • Room 102 sink (20.3 ppb)

    • First-floor hallway drinking fountain, near room 102 (16.6 ppb)

    • Room 104 drinking fountain (16.2 ppb)

    • First-floor boys’ bathroom A sink (31.0 ppb)

    • First-floor boys’ bathroom B sink (28.5 ppb)

    • First-floor girls’ bathroom B sink (58.8 ppb)

    • First-floor girls’ bathroom E sink (17.6 ppb)

    • Room 109 sink (25.6 ppb)

    • Room 110 sink (16.2 ppb)

    • Room 112 sink (15.9 ppb)

    • Nurse’s office sink (160.0 ppb)

    • Room 147a boys’ office sink (30.0 ppb)

    • Kitchen sink (43.1 ppb)

    • Kitchen sink (21.4 ppb)

    • Room 117a sink (24.7 ppb)

    • Room 117b sink (17.7 ppb)

    • Room 204 sink (20.1 ppb)

    • Room 200 kitchen sink (161.0 ppb)

    • Room 215 sink (15.5 ppb)

    • Room 216 sink (21.5 ppb)

 

Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center

  • Tests completed in October

  • No outlets tested above the state's new limit

 

Montessori Magnet School

  • Tests completed in September

  • One outlet out of 60 tested returned results above the state’s new limit (Click here to read a letter to Montessori families from Dr. Wilkins):

    • Room 211 sink, computer lab (18.1 ppb)

 

North Albany Academy

  • Tests completed in September

  • Two of the 49 water outlets tested had results above the state's new limit. (Click here to read a letter to North Albany families from Dr. Wilkins):

    • First floor girls’ bathroom sink (next to room 183)

    • Sink in room 351-B

 

New Scotland Elementary School

  • Tests completed in September

  • No outlets tested above the state’s new limit

 

Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy

  • Tests completed in September

  • No outlets tested above the state’s new limit

 

Pine Hills Elementary School

  • Tests completed in September

  • No outlets tested above the state’s new limit

 

Sheridan Preparatory Academy

  • Tests completed in September

  • No outlets tested above the state’s new limit

 

Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School

  • Tests completed in October

  • 16 of 159 outlets tested were above the state's new limit (Click here to read a letter to Myers families from Dr. Wilkins):

    • Kitchen sink B (31.6 ppb)

    • Kitchen sink E (52.9 ppb)

    • Kitchen sink H (15.6 ppb)

    • Girls' locker room shower G (16.5 ppb)

    • Girls' locker room shower H (43.7 ppb)

    • Boys' locker room shower F (24.1 ppb)

    • Room 138 sink D (22.8 ppb)

    • Room 138 sink E (20.9 ppb)

    • Room 234 sink A (26.6 ppb)

    • Room 238 back office sink (42.7 ppb)

    • Room 238 sink A (25.4 ppb)

    • Room 238 sink B (36.1 ppb)

    • Room 238 sink C (43.4 ppb)

    • Room 238 sink D (160 ppb)

    • Room 238 sink E (49.5 ppb)

    • Room 328 sink D (17.7 ppb)

 

Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)

  • Tests completed in September

  • 13 outlets out of 106 tested returned results above the state’s new limit (Click here to read a letter to TOAST families from Dr. Wilkins):

    • Room 101 drinking fountain (27.8 ppb)

    • Room 102 bathroom sink (37.9 ppb)

    • Room 103 bathroom sink (28.4 ppb)

    • Room 105 drinking fountain (23.8 ppb)

    • Room 107 sink (24.5 ppb)

    • Room 112a sink (18.8 ppb)

    • Room 112d (A) sink (24.0 ppb)

    • Room 112d (B) sink (48.8 ppb)

    • Room 120 bathroom sink (85.5 ppb)

    • Room 120 sink (23.6 ppb)

    • Faculty room sink (15.6 ppb)

    • Room 201 sink (16.1 ppb)

    • Second-floor janitorial sink (22.2 ppb)

 

West Hill Middle School (395 Elk St.)

  • Tests completed in October

  • Three of 50 outlets tested were above the state's new limit (Click here to read a letter to West Hill families from Dr. Wilkins):

    • Kitchen, boys' side youth sink A (22 ppb)

    • Kitchen, girls' side youth sink A (24.1 ppb)

    • Kitchen, girls' side youth sink B (59.1 ppb)

 

William S. Hackett Middle School

  • Tests completed in October

  • Eight of 85 outlets tested were above the state's new limit (Click here to read a letter to Hackett families from Dr. Wilkins):

    • Kitchen A kettle (18.7 ppb)

    • Kitchen B kettle (16.4 ppb)

    • Boys' locker room shower 1 (42.4 ppb)

    • Boys' locker room shower 2 (38 ppb)

    • Boys' locker room shower 3 (59.7 ppb)

    • Boys' locker room shower 4 (66.4 ppb)

    • Boys' locker room shower 5 (54.1 ppb)

    • Third-floor custodial sink (22.6 ppb)

 

In accordance with the new state law, if the lead level from a water outlet exceeds the state’s level of 15 parts per billion, the district will take immediate action. The outlets will be taken offline, or otherwise restricted, until a remediation plan is implemented and further testing indicates that lead levels are below the action level. The corrected outlets then will be put back in service.

 

At all times, the district will ensure that all students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking and cooking.

 

The district has but the following action plan in place, which conforms with state regulations:

  • Notify the Albany County Department of Health

  • Submit all test results to the New York State Department of Health

  • All water outlets requiring remediation will be taken off line as soon as possible. Signs will be posted at those stations.

  • All outlets with positive tests will be fixed within six weeks. New water samples will be taken at each of those outlets and submitted to the state for testing. The district will clear a water outlet for use again only after receiving a report from a state-approved laboratory that the outlet in question is now below the legal limit.

  • When all water outlets in a building are cleared after remediations (if applicable), the district will notify all staff and families.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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