Testing Our Water for Lead
Dear Parents and Families,
In the news lately, I am sure you have heard a lot about lead in water. It seems everyday schools across the state are discovering lead levels that exceed state guidelines. Up until now, regular testing of our own water system has shown minimal lead levels.
On August 24, we sampled every sink and drinking fountain in the PS and IS. While we have not received results from the IS, we just received partial results back from the PS indicating levels of lead above the state guidelines in many of their sinks and a couple of drinking fountains. These results differ significantly from the samples taken in June and July which showed levels of lead well below the state guidelines.
We will continue to investigate the cause of the elevated levels, though we suspect it may be from water sitting in pipes for an extended period of time over the summer. Meanwhile, in order to provide a safe water supply the following steps will be taken:
· We are closing off water flow to all drinking fountains in the district and providing bottled water stations throughout buildings and athletic areas. Students may also bring a bottle of water from home.
· District kitchen staff will be using bottled water for food preparation and sanitation.
· The PS will be retested under normal use conditions now that school is back in session and water is flowing at normal rates.
· The IS may be retested if the August 24th results come back indicating the need to do so.
· The MS and HS will be tested in the coming weeks and appropriate actions will be taken based on the test results.
· Per EPA directives, staff and students can continue using sinks for hand washing.
· As test results come in, we will be sharing them with staff, students and parents.
Like many school districts who are working through this problem, we have been consulting with Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Health Authority and other sources and agencies. FAQs, Talking points, and additional resources regarding lead in water will be posted soon on the district webpage along with the full test results.
If you have questions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Boyd Keyser, Superintendent
Back to School Night was a huge success with hundreds of students and parents filling the campus. Community Partners and delicious hot dogs awaited attendees as they walked the halls. New classrooms were discovered, locker combinations were practiced and friends were reunited at the two hour event. Teachers greeted their new students, met parents and gave tours of their classrooms, while school board members were stationed at kiosks in each building with information on the new Facilities Plan that will soon be transformed into a building bond proposal. (Photos courtesy of Jo Wheat)
Welcome Back! It’s that time of year where we are all gearing up for the new school year. Staff have been busy with training sessions, classroom preparation and have a busy In Service Week beginning August 30th. Parents and students have been “Back-to-School” shopping and can find information on school supplies at their school’s web page. Click link here North Marion District Homepage to navigate to your child’s school using the top bar menu.
Families are invited to a Back to School Night scheduled for August 31 starting at 5:00 and running until 6:30 pm. The 2016-2017 School Calendar has classes starting on Wednesday, September 7th with a late start time.
The year promises to be an exciting one with new math curriculum being implemented K-12 and new tech devices at the middle school and high school for students and staff. Of course, the biggest activity for the year will be around a school bond. The Board is currently reviewing the Long-Range Facility Plan that the Facilities Committee worked very hard on last year. The Board will use the plan, along with parent and community feedback, to create a building bond proposal that will go in front of the voters in May 2017.
Over the summer, the District has been Testing our water supply in all buildings for lead and other contaminants. Thus far all samples have been clean and far below Federal and State guidelines. We will continue our testing throughout the summer and school year to make sure all fountains and faucets are tested.
Fall Sports have begun at the High School and Middle School Sports are just around the corner. North Marion Youth Athletics (formerly known as PRYDE) will begin its registration and practices soon as well.
For all of us in the Husky Nation, we believe the 2016-17 school year is going to be a great one and we look forward to hearing our buildings echo with laughter and our fields filled with the exuberance of youth.
Boyd Keyser, Superintendent
a. Division 22 Standards Assurances: Superintendent Keyser said by January 15 of each year, school district superintendents are required to report to their communities the district’s standing with respect to all Standards for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools as set forth in Oregon Administrative Rules. ODE Guidance for Division 22 standards He reported that North Marion School District is meeting all the requirements by the state in the following standards: 1) District Improvement Plan, 2) Policies on Reporting Child Abuse, 3) Diploma Requirements, 4) District Curriculum, and 5) Required Instructional Time. View report to community here. Division 22 Standards for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 2015-16 Assurances.