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Letter explaining lead test results at Remington

Dear Parents, Guardians & Staff,

We are pleased to notify you that water samples taken from student-accessible drinking outlets at Pathways Academy at Remington are below New York’s threshold of 15 parts per billion of lead.

We sampled 117 water outlets at Remington in accordance with a new state law signed into effect on September 6, 2016. That law requires school districts to test potential drinking water outlets for possible lead contamination.

Although accessible drinking water outlets met the standard, 37 sink faucets and one unused locker room fountain tested above the threshold. The sinks are used for cleaning and handwashing, but the potential exists for students or staff to use them as a source of drinking water. The drinking fountain is inaccessible by students in an unused locker room.

Our drinking water outlets are safe, but we want to be certain students are protected from any possibility of exposure to harmful levels of lead. For outlets that tested above the threshold:

  • We removed handles from classroom and kitchen sink faucets making them inoperable.
  • We are replacing non-compliant bathroom and kitchen fixtures and retesting the water.
  • We clearly marked those bathroom outlets with a sign warning students not to drink the water.
  • We instructed students to not drink or fill water bottles from outlets marked with the sign.

For further information, visit our website and click the “Lead Testing” link. You will find general information about lead testing, all test results, the specific location of outlets exceeding the limit, and our remediation progress. For further questions, please call Brady Boyd, Facilities Director II, at 894-5000 ext. 55600.


Dr. Richard J. Hughes
Superintendent of Schools