Dear TGS Parents and Guardians:
Today, your TGS student will bring home a letter you should read. A new law in Illinois requires that all elementary schools in the state test sources of drinkable water in schools for the presence of lead. The Illinois Department of Public Health website states, “The Act requires the oldest school buildings, those built before January 1, 1987, to complete water testing by the end of 2017. Schools built between January 2, 1987 and January 1, 2000 must complete testing by the end of 2018. The Act requires parents and guardians of students be notified of lead results greater than or equal to five parts per billion (ppb).” At about 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 3, I received a call from Illini Environmental that the results of our testing at TGS had been emailed to me. Upon inspecting the results, it was evident that a number of water sources indicated levels of lead in the water that require notification to parents. Unit #50 staff were on site at 5:30 AM Wednesday morning to shut off affected water outlets.
One indoor water fountain, one outdoor water fountain, and one faucet in the kitchen at TGS were shut down along with all classroom sinks/faucets. The classroom sinks/faucets are seldom or, in some cases, never used for drinking water. Because your children’s safety is our top priority, we felt it was best to shut off those faucets until we can determine the best course of action.
We will be working with experts in the field of water filtration to determine the best course of action to eliminate any threat to student safety. Once efforts are undertaken, water will again be tested to be absolutely sure it is safe for students.