In 2017, in response to newly created legislation, we developed a plan to test all potable water sources for the presence of lead. In this plan, 33 schools in our district qualified for priority status, that is, buildings that were constructed in whole or in part before 1986.
During the 2018-2019 school year, we began assessing buildings from the priority list, using a phased approach. To date, CPS has initiated two rounds of testing, resulting in a total assessment of 14 school buildings. The remaining priority buildings are scheduled to be assessed by the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Upon completion of the priority list, the remaining schools constructed after 1986 and all support facilities will also be assessed.
We are sending a letter to families with this information because we want to ensure our community is aware that we, like other districts, are testing our drinking water sources and will take immediate action should any results reveal elevated lead levels. More importantly, if any water sources used for drinking or food preparation are impacted, we will work directly with the school principal to notify their school community.
It is important to note, we assessed sources of potable water prior to the year 2000. Any sources of potable water revealing results higher than allowable limits were corrected or removed at that time.
The chart below represents all schools and support buildings. Schools designated with an asterisk (*) indicate priority schools.
|B. M. Williams Primary*||1957|
|Butts Road Intermediate||1991|
|Butts Road Primary*||1966|
|Chesapeake Career Center*||1967|
|Cedar Road Elementary||1996|
|Deep Creek Central Elementary*||1955|
|Deep Creek Elementary*||1966|
|Deep Creek High*||1979|
|Deep Creek Middle*||1955|
|Edwards Wilson Center||1957|
|Educational Resources Center||1979|
|Educational Services Center/SECEP*||1936|
|Great Bridge High*||1983|
|Great Bridge Intermediate||1991|
|Great Bridge Middle*||1952|
|Great Bridge Primary||2019|
|Hugo Owens Middle||1997|
|Indian River High*||1972|
|Indian River Mid Annex/CCSS*||1960|
|Indian River Middle*||1964|
|Instructional Services Center||1957|
|Norfolk Highlands Primary*||1913|
|Oscar Smith High||1994|
|Oscar Smith Middle||2009|
|Rena B. Wright Primary*||1971|
|School Administration Building||1957|
|Sparrow Road Intermediate*||1966|
|Thurgood Marshall Elementary||1995|
|Western Branch High*||1972|
|Western Branch Intermediate*||1969|
|Western Branch Middle*||1964|
|Western Branch Primary*||1982|