Letter to families about water testing results, March 2023
March 23, 2023
Dear Members of the Fort Plain Community,
On Sept. 6, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that requires public schools in New York State to test for lead in all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking.
I write to inform you about the results of water testing completed at FPCSD. Visit our health services webpage for information about the risks associated with lead, as well as complete test results.
The water outlets with the highest readings were from drinking fountains in and around the Fitness Center in the Jr./Sr. High School. A water cooler has been placed in the Fitness Center as a replacement hydration option. In addition, two sinks (one in Room 113 at the Jr./Sr. High School and one in an unoccupied office in the Music Suite at Harry Hoag) tested beyond acceptable levels.
In the coming days, the Buildings and Grounds Department will follow prescribed remediation protocols and then we will request a retest. Please be assured that all outlets that tested above the state’s level have been taken out of service, or marked with appropriate signage, and will remain so until the remediation and retesting are completed.
We take these findings very seriously and will work with all governing agencies and consultants to ensure that we address the areas properly and efficiently.
If you have any questions, please contact my office at 993-4000, #1000.
Superintendent of Schools