Drinking Water Update Dec 20

December 20, 2016

Dear Parents and Educators,

As you know, Pentucket Regional School District is participating with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to sample and test drinking water for lead and copper. Test results reported last week provided parents and educators with the levels of lead and copper that exceeded established standards. A copy of results from individual schools is posted on the District Web Page under Updates along with other support documents.

Immediately after receiving the state reports, problem fixtures were shut off and labeled to indicate either a high level of lead or copper, as appropriate.

The Mass DEP recommends that school districts seek assistance from local officials. Today, Director of Facilities Greg Hadden and I met with Deborah Ketchen and Paul Sevigny from the local Boards of Health to review each source of water that exceeded established standards for lead and copper, review the map of each school and locations of problem fixtures, and review plans for remediation.

Pentucket’s plan includes the implementation of NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects developed by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI). NSF is a global independent public health and environmental organization, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) oversees the consensus for developing standards for manufacturing and procedures in the United States. NSF/ANSI Standard 61 contains requirements that restrict both 1) the level of lead that can be contained in water contact materials of drinking water products, and 2) the level of lead that can extract out of the product and into drinking water. Information about NSF/ANSI Standard 61 is attached to this letter.

Drinking water supplies to some of the fixtures identified in the results of our December water test will be capped and discontinued due to their proximity to other available drinking water supplies. The majority of fixtures will receive upgraded materials, aligned with NSF/ANSI Standard 61, to remediate their continued use as sources of drinking water. Water from each fixture that is upgraded will be sampled and tested prior to the reactivation of that fixture.

Water sampling will occur into the future as a part of the process used when drinking water fixtures are altered or replaced. In this way, we will continue to verify the positive effects of actions taken to permanently reduce or eliminate the sources of excess lead and/or copper.

I hope this information is helpful to you. I can be reached at jmulqueen if you have additional questions.

Sincerely yours,

Jeffrey J. Mulqueen, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

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PRSD Drinking Water Dec 20 2016.pdf

NSF ANSI Standard 61.pdf

Bagnall Results.pdf

Page Results.pdf

Donaghue Results.pdf

Sweetsir Results.pdf

Middle School Results.pdf

High School Results.pdf

Lead in School Drinking Water FAQ.PDF

Copper in School Drinking Water FAQ.PDF

Pentucket Wellness Forums

Please see the attached PDF for information about Pentucket’s 2016-2017 Wellness Forums

wellness-forums-sept-28

Update Information

Dear Parents, Educators, and Community Members,

I hope you will be able to join us for one or more of our Wellness Events!

Sincerely,

Jeff Mulqueen

PRSD Wellness Events 2016 – 2017.pdf

PRSD Wellness Events.pdf

School Committee Meeting on June 21st

Dear Parents, Educators, and Community Members,

The Pentucket Regional School Committee will be considering approval of the official seal and continued use of the word Sachem(s) at the June 21, 2016 Business Meeting. The meeting is conducted in the PRHS cafeteria and begins at 6:30 p.m. These items are scheduled fairly early in the agenda. The June 21, 2016 Committee packet is available on the District website under School Committee Meetings.

I hope this information is helpful to you,

Jeff Mulqueen

Pentucket Innovation Schools Highlighted In 2016 National Technology Plan

April 26, 2016

Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached Media Alert with information about Pentucket’s partnership with XQ Full Circle Innovation School!

With appreciation,

Jeff

 

Media Alert April 26 XQ Super School.pdf

Pentucket Innovation Schools Highlighted In 2016 National Technology Plan

April 27, 2016

Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached Media Alert with information about Pentucket’s improvement efforts being recognized on the national level. When everyone works together, great things are possible!

With appreciation,

Jeff

Media Alert April 27 National Tech Plan.pdf

Core Course Objectives Feedback

Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached letter with information a way you can receive feedback about the core course objective work from Jan 15.

Many thanks,

Jeff

Letter to Faculty Core Course Objectives.doc

Physical Restraint Policy & Procedures

Good Afternoon,

As you know, the District has adopted a policy regarding the Physical Restrain of Students (JKA – Physical Restraint of Students) that is consistent with 603 CMR 46.00. In short, physical restraint shall be used only in emergency situation, after other less intrusive alternatives have failed or have been deemed inappropriate and with extreme caution.

The Procedures supporting the implementation of Policy JKA – Physical Restraint of Students are attached for your information and have the goals of: Administering a physical restraint only when needed to protect a student and/or a member of the school community from assault or imminent serious physical harm, and, minimize or prevent any harm to the student as a result of the use of physical restraint. Your familiarity with and use of the strategies for de-escalation are particularly important.

Principals will provide training with the procedures at a faculty meeting. It will be important for each staff member’s signature to be collected after participating in the training.

Thank you for your continued good work,

Jeff

Restraint Procedures 2016.docx