Environmental Health and Safety
Letters to the Community on Water Quality

(CURRENT LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY)

September 20, 2018

Dear CMS families,

As part of our commitment to providing safe, healthy environments, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will continue the voluntary water testing that we began in the spring. We are being proactive to ensure that the water in our pipes, faucets and water fountains is clean and safe.

There are 35 schools in the second round of testing, which will begin Sept. 24 and conclude Nov. 14. Testing takes two days: one day to prepare, with tests the next day. AECOM, an environmental testing firm, will come to each school at the end of the day to flush the plumbing system, then return early the next morning before school opens to collect samples of water for testing. Samples will be taken from every faucet, spigot and water fountain accessible to students and staff.

The samples will be analyzed at a laboratory and we will share the results with our school families, staff and the community as soon as we receive them. We will share them in three ways: We will send out a telephone message to all of you. We'll also send out a letter that includes descriptions of locations tested in each school, results and actions taken. Finally, that letter will be posted on the CMS Water Quality Program page. Experts will be available to parents and staff in each school to review results and explain any actions taken.

The 35 sites chosen for the second round of testing, like those in the first round, were all built in 1989 or earlier. The federal Environmental Protection Agency recommends testing older buildings first, so that is what we're doing. Our goal is to continue testing until every school has been evaluated.

We don't expect to find significant water-quality issues affecting entire schools but we want to be proactive in making sure our schools and administrative sites are safe, clean environments. To keep you fully informed, we have included the complete list of the 35 sites and the scheduled testing dates.

Thank you for choosing CMS and please know that we are committed to providing a safe, healthy environment in every school and administrative site. This voluntary and proactive water testing is part of that commitment. 

Sincerely, 
Dr. Clayton Wilcox
Superintendent



20 de septiembre de 2018

Estimadas familias de CMS,
Como parte de nuestro compromiso de crear un ambiente seguro y saludable, el distrito continuará con sus pruebas voluntarias de agua que comenzaron en la primavera. Estamos siendo proactivos para garantizar que el agua en nuestras tuberías, grifos y fuentes de agua esté limpia y segura.


Hay 35 escuelas en la segunda ronda de pruebas, que comenzarán el 24 de septiembre y concluirán el 14 de noviembre. Las pruebas duran dos días: un día de preparación y las pruebas el día siguiente. AECOM, una firma de evaluación ambiental, ira a cada escuela al final del día para purgar el sistema de plomería y regresarán la mañana siguiente antes de que comiencen las clases para recoger muestras de agua para analizar. Se tomarán muestras de cada grifo, espita y fuente de agua accesibles por los estudiantes y el personal.


Las muestras se analizarán en un laboratorio y compartiremos los resultados con nuestras familias, el personal y la comunidad de la escuela tan pronto como los recibamos. Los compartiremos de tres maneras: Les enviaremos un mensaje telefónico. También enviaremos una carta que incluye descripciones de lugares evaluados en cada escuela, resultados y acciones tomadas. Finalmente, esa carta será publicada en la páginaCMS Water Quality Program (Programa de Calidad del Agua de CMS). Los expertos estarán disponibles para los padres y el personal de cada escuela para revisar los resultados y explicar las medidas tomadas.


Los 35 sitios elegidos para la segunda ronda de pruebas, como los de la primera ronda, fueron construidos en 1989 o antes. La Agencia de Protección Ambiental federal recomienda primero probar edificios más viejos, así que eso es lo que estamos haciendo. Nuestro objetivo es continuar con las pruebas hasta que todas las escuelas hayan sido evaluadas.


No esperamos encontrar problemas significativos en la calidad del agua que afecten a escuelas enteras, pero queremos ser proactivos para asegurarnos de que nuestras escuelas y sitios administrativos sean ambientes seguros y limpios. Para mantenerlo completamente informado, hemos incluido la lista completa de los 35 sitios y las fechas de prueba programadas.


Gracias por elegir CMS y sepa que nos comprometemos a proporcionar un ambiente seguro y saludable en cada escuela y sitio administrativo. Esta prueba de agua voluntaria y proactiva es parte de ese compromiso.


Sinceramente,
Dr. Clayton Wilcox
Superintendente



(PREVIOUS LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY)

August 30, 2018

Dear CMS families and staff,

Students' health and safety is our top priority. As part of this commitment, CMS is continuing voluntary testing all sources of water in schools intended for drinking, food preparation or cooking including water fountains, faucets and spigots and other fixtures.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools plans to begin the second round of water quality testing on Sept. 24 and for this testing to be completed by Nov. 9. The second round of testing will include 17 high schools, 15 middle schools and three administrative sites, all built before 1989 – see full list of schools below. Adjustments may be made to the timeline as the process moves forward to ensure the best work possible.

We do not expect to find significant water quality issues in this second round of testing, but we'd rather be safe than sorry. This is a proactive measure intended to ensure our students' and staff members' well-being at school.

Communicating with you on water quality

The district will bolster communications related to the water quality program to ensure families, staff and the public are informed.

  • Before actual testing begins, CMS will send additional letters to families of students at the schools to be tested, informing them of the exact testing schedule in their schools.

  • As results are available and any actions taken, subsequent letters will include expert data, analysis and descriptions in plain language of any actions taken and in what locations within each school.

  • To further increase access to this information, all letters, reports and results (when complete) will be shared on the district's social media and on the CMS Water Quality Web Page.

  • The district will also reach out to media as this information is updated.

To ensure that you are fully informed as this water quality program moves forward, below is the media release being shared today, which includes the schools in Round 2.


CMS Water Testing Round 2 Schedule


Escuelas / Instalaciones
Fecha de preparaciónFecha de muestra
Piedmont  Open MS9/24/189/25/18
Graham Center
Villa Heights ES
Leadership  Academy  HS
9/25/189/26/18
Hawthorne  Academy  of Health Sciences9/26/189/27/18
Northwest  School of the Arts9/27/189/28/18
East Mecklenburg HS9/28/189/29/18
Bishop Spaugh Family Center
10/1/1810/2/18
North Mecklenburg HS10/2/1810/3/18
West Mecklenburg HS10/3/1810/4/18
Derita (PLC)

10/4/1810/5/18
Myers Park HS10/5/1810/6/18
West Charlotte  HS10/8/1810/9/18
Sedgefield  MS10/9/1810/10/18
Wilson STEM Academy10/10/1810/11/18
Eastway MS10/11/1810/12/18
Alexander  Graham MS10/12/1810/13/18
South Mecklenburg HS10/15/1810/16/18
Garinger HS10/16/1810/17/18
Coulwood  STEM Academy10/17/1810/18/18
Northeast  MS10/18/1810/19/18
Cochrane  (iMeck Academy)10/19/1810/20/18
Harding University  HS10/22/1810/23/18
JT Williams Montessori10/23/1810/24/18
Quail Hollow MS10/24/1810/25/18
Ranson MS10/25/1810/26/18
Independence HS10/26/1810/27/18
Olympic HS10/29/1810/30/18
Albemarle  Road MS10/30/1810/31/18
Carmel MS11/1/1811/2/18
Kennedy MS11/2/1811/3/18
Providence  HS11/5/1811/6/18
Education  Center 11/6/1811/7/18
Randolph  MS11/7/1811/8/18