News Release: Required Lead Testing – USD #116 Results, Reporting, and Mitigation Plan


Required Lead Testing – USD #116 Results, Reporting, and Mitigation Plan

*Update 8/23/2017 - Superintendent Owen presented on the testing and mitigation at the August 22, 2017 Board of Education Business Meeting.  The presentation can be found here: #7.01 Lead Mitigation Presentation

Urbana – The safety and health of our students is of utmost importance.  To comply with the requirements of P.A. 099-0922, Urbana School District #116 conducted testing of lead content in the water fountains and sinks in all USD #116 buildings required by the statute.  The testing was conducted by an Illinois EPA accredited laboratory.

The test results indicated that overall, the lead content in the water falls within acceptable levels throughout the district with these exceptions:  Seven sampled sites at Yankee Ridge Elementary, two sampled sites at Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr., Elementary, and two sampled sites at Thomas Paine Elementary.

Specifically:

  • Five (5) drinking fountains at Yankee Ridge Elementary
  • One (1) restroom sink at Yankee Ridge Elementary
  • One (1) classroom sink at Yankee Ridge Elementary
  • One (1) kitchen sink at Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr., Elementary
  • One (1) classroom sink at Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr., Elementary
  • Two (2) kitchen sinks at Thomas Paine Elementary

To address these results, the district is taking the following steps:

  • Water fountains and sink fixtures with elevated lead levels have been shut off and will remain off until the fixtures have been replaced
  • Although not required by law, the school district will continue to sample and test the water in all school buildings.
  • Notification to parents & families currently at the affected buildings will be sent out in writing, electronically and the information will be posted on the District website
  • The test results have been sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
  • USD #116 will continue to follow the recommendations of the IDPH

The water supply entering the school buildings have been deemed safe and the only course of action needed is to isolate, remove, and repair elevated areas.  To learn more about environmental lead exposure, please visit the following websites:

As always, USD #116 is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students and staff.

Urbana School District #116 is a unit district located in east central Illinois. Our outstanding schools in an outstanding community comprise of an early childhood school, six neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an adult education center.  To discover more about our award winning schools and students, please visit www.usd116.org. You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USD116 or follow us on Twitter: @Urbana116.

La seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes son de suma importancia. Para cumplir con los requisitos de PA 099-0922, el Distrito Escolar de Urbana # 116 llevó a cabo  pruebas de contenido de plomo en las fuentes de agua y lavamanos en todos los edificios de  USD # 116  requeridos por la ley.  La prueba la llevó a cabo un laboratorio acreditado EPA de Illinois.  

Los resultados de la prueba indican que, en general, el contenido de plomo en el agua cae dentro de los niveles aceptables en todo el distrito con las siguientes excepciones: siete muestras de Yankee Ridge, dos muestras de  Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr,  y dos muestras de Thomas Paine.

Específicamente:

  • Cinco (5) fuentes de agua potable en la escuela  Yankee Ridge Elementary
  • Un (1) lavamanos en un baño en la escuela Yankee Ridge Elementary
  • Un (1) lavamanos en un salón de Yankee Ridge Elementary
  • Un (1) fregadero de cocina de la escuela  Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr
  • Un fregadero en un salón de la escuela Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr
  • Dos (2) fregaderos de cocina en la escuela  Thomas Paine

Para hacer frente a estos resultados, el distrito está tomando los siguientes pasos:  

  • Las fuentes de agua y  los accesorios de los lavamanos con niveles elevados de plomo han sido cerrados  y permanecerán así  hasta que sean reemplazados
  • Aunque no es requerido por la ley, el distrito escolar continuará tomando muestras y analizando el agua en todos los edificios escolares.
  • La notificación a los padres y las familias de los edificios afectados se enviará por escrito, por vía electrónica y la información será publicada en la página web del Distrito
  • Los resultados de las pruebas han sido enviados al Departamento de Illinois de Salud Pública (IDPH)
  • USD # 116 continuará siguiendo las recomendaciones del IDPH

El suministro de agua que provee a los edificios de la escuela ha sido considerado seguro y el único curso de acción necesaria es aislar, quitar y reparar de áreas con niveles elevados. Para obtener más información sobre la exposición al plomo ambiental, visite los siguientes sitios web:

Como siempre, USD # 116 se compromete a proporcionar un ambiente seguro para todos los estudiantes y el personal.

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Contact: JoAnne Geigner

Phone: (217) 384-3564

Email: jgeigner@usd116.org

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Date: 17 August 2017