Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Seattle Schools Issues Statement on Drinking Water

“The Seattle Public Schools considers student health and safety as a top priority. Over the last several years we have adopted and implemented a set of rigorous standards which have set nationally recognized standards for safe drinking water quality in public schools.

The program was established by the School Board, which adopted a Drinking Water Policy in 2004. It includes periodic testing of each drinking water source in each school, coupled with reporting of the results on the District website.”
Here's a link to the Drinking Water Testing program.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think we should give credit where it's due here and thank the former school board and district leaders for implementing the policy back in 2004 and continuing it. It was reassuring to read the results for buildings my kids have been in and see they all pass the test. (Of course, one hopes the results weren't doctored in any way, but I'm going to assume the best here.)

-ML Mama

Anonymous said...

Articles from 2003-04:

http://old.seattletimes.com/html/education/2001806101_water03m0.html

http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/health/article/Lead-tainted-water-in-Seattle-schools-stuns-1148516.php

http://old.seattletimes.com/html/education/2001970540_lead02m.html

-parent

Ms206 said...

I agree with your comment. Give credit where it is due, and it appears that the school board has been proactive about safe drinking water, not reactive in light of the Flint water crisis.

Ms206 said...

I agree with your comment. Give credit where it is due, and it appears that the school board has been proactive about safe drinking water, not reactive in light of the Flint water crisis.

AE2 Parent said...

If you want to give credit where credit is due ... then the credit is due to a parent who worked tirelessly on this issue for years.

Parent activism is given many bad names but it is also how things change.

The PI articles starts with a parent at AE2, because one of the AE2 parents worked on this issue for years and then served on the BEX oversight committee. The BEX oversight committee was create in part because of that activism.

Anonymous said...

AE2 Parent and parent -

Thank you for the historical context. I wasn't a parent when those old articles were written, and while I've been a parent in SPS for a number of years now, this is before my time or awareness. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that the current policy was implemented after parents pressured the district; seems like most positive changes in SPS happen that way.

-ML Mama