Safety is always the top priority in the School District of Lancaster.
That is why, in 2016, the School District of Lancaster voluntarily tested water sources for lead contamination in some of its older district buildings. As a result, the district addressed three issues—a hand-washing sink in the girls’ locker room at Buchanan Elementary and a water fountain at Phoenix Academy and Wickersham Elementary.
Now, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires school districts to conduct tests on all district buildings, which SDoL recently completed.1 We are pleased to find that water supplies in nearly all district buildings were shown to be safe.
However, the testing revealed lead levels above the recommended action stage in two district buildings:
Only children who consume large amounts of contaminated water, especially over a long period of time (months or years), are at risk of lead poisoning. Parents/guardians who have concerns about lead contamination should consult with their pediatrician if a lead screening test is warranted.
A full listing of the test results are available at the link to the left, as well as information on the health risks of lead contamination.
Damaris Rau, Ed.D.
Anne Marie Derrico, MD
1 Note: Testing was not performed at Reynolds Middle School due to the extent of current construction. Students are provided bottled water for drinking during this time.