In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts in New York to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students, and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the state Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.

In accordance with the law, the Averill Park Central School District conducted water testing at all buildings. Testing results will be posted on this page as they become available.

The state established an action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.

School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results — along with remediation plans, if required — on the official district website.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority within our school system. We are committed to ensuring safe drinking water for all of our students and staff.

 

Poestenkill Elementary:

Lab results May 2021

Parent Letter, May 14, 2021

Parent Letter, Nov. 10, 2016

Lab results 2016

West Sand Lake Elementary:

Lab results (Lead) May 2021

Parent Letter, May 14, 2021

Lab results, October 2021

Lab results (PFOA) January 2021

Lab results, Feb. 10, 2017

Parent Letter, Nov. 14, 2016

Lab results 2016

 

Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary:

Lab results, October 2021

Lab results, June 2021

Lab results (Lead) May 2021

Parent Letter, May 14, 2021

Lab results (PFOA) January 2021

Lab results, Feb. 10, 2017

Parent Letter, Dec. 14, 2016

Lab results 2016

 

Algonquin Middle School:

Lab results May 2021

Parent Letter, May 14, 2021

February 1, 2021

Lab results, Feb. 10, 2017

Parent Letter, Dec. 14, 2016

Lab results 2016

 

Averill Park High School:

Lab results May 2021

Parent Letter, May 14, 2021

Lab Results (PFOA) January 2021

Lab results, Feb. 10, 2017

Parent Letter, Dec. 14, 2016

Lab results 2016

 

Resources for parents

Governor Cuomo signs Landmark Legislation to Test Drinking Water in New York Schools for Lead Contamination, Press Release

New York State Department of Health Regulations for new water testing law

New York State Department of Health: Information for Child Care Providers and Schools

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Basic Information About Lead in Drinking Water