District receives water-testing results
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
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).
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.
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):
Albany High School (including Abrookin)
Albany School of Humanities (ASH)
Alternative Learning Center
(50 North Lark St.)
Arbor Hill Elementary School
Delaware Community School
Eagle Point Elementary School
Giffen Memorial Elementary School
Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center
Montessori Magnet School
North Albany Academy
New Scotland Elementary School
Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy
Pine Hills Elementary School
Sheridan Preparatory Academy
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School
Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology
West Hill Middle School (395 Elk St.)
William S. Hackett Middle School
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