Drinking Water

Superintendent Vitti initiated water testing of all of our school buildings during the spring to ensure the safety of our students and employees. This was not required by federal, state, or city law or mandate. This testing, unlike the previous testing, evaluated all water sources from sinks to drinking fountains.

On Aug. 24, results were returned for 24 schools and higher than acceptable levels were identified for copper and/or lead in 16 schools at one or more water sources. The District immediately turned off the drinking water at those schools and provided water bottles until water coolers arrived.

When Dr. Vitti started as superintendent last year, he was notified that 10 schools were using a DiHydro filtration system. He made the decision to shut off all drinking fountains and provide bottled water and water coolers to those schools at that time because of concerns with water quality despite the intervention. The latest water results (16 schools), coupled with those from 2016 (10 DiHydro schools) and follow up results in the spring of 2018 for schools identified with concerns in 2016 (8 schools) in the spring, brings the total number of schools with water quality issues to 34.

Although we have no evidence that there are elevated levels of copper or lead in our other schools (over 50) where we are awaiting test results, out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our students and employees, Dr. Vitti instructed to turn off all drinking water in our schools until a deeper and broader analysis can be conducted to determine the long-term solutions for all schools.

Dr. Vitti communicated this decision to the Mayor’s Office and the Mayor and his team are supportive of the decision. The Mayor’s Office plans to partner with us to determine challenges with water quality in our schools and solutions to them.

We have communicated our decision to staff and families and will continue to communicate when students return to school.

Updated Statement: September 19, 2018

As you are aware, the District initiated water testing of all Detroit Public Schools Community District school buildings during the latter part of last school year to ensure the safety of our students and employees. This was not required by federal, state, or city law. This testing, unlike the previous testing in 2016, evaluated all water sources from sinks to drinking fountains. When the first round of results indicated 16 of 24 schools had high elevations of lead and/or copper, we turned all drinking water off in schools and provided bottled water and water coolers.

We received the latest round of testing results, which follow the same pattern as the first round. 33 of 52 schools have elevated levels of copper and/or lead. This means, to date, that 57 of 86 schools where test results have been provided, elevated levels of copper and/or lead were identified (this does not include the previous 10 Di-Hydro schools where copper and/or lead was detected).We are still awaiting results for seventeen schools (A.L. Holmes, Catherine Ferguson, Palmer Park, Davison, Fisher Upper/Lower, Pershing) and the original 10 Di-Hydro schools. Staff have been informed of the results and the same will occur for families and students through an automated call home and a backpack letter home.

Moving forward we will continue to use water coolers districtwide and are actively working through the bid processes to make a recommendation to the board for the use of hydration stations. This will occur within the next couple of weeks. The hydration stations would be installed in all schools by beginning of next school year districtwide and replace the need for water coolers. A hydration station would be placed in a school for every 100 students, in addition to one in the kitchen, faculty lounge, and gym. Additional stations would be installed after the first year of implementation if consistent access is a challenge based on the configuration of the school’s building.

Water test results are posted below.


Resources:


Below is a list of the 52 schools where water tests have been recently returned. In addition is a list of schools where previous test results were released followed by the results of schools with elevations.

Most Recent Round of Test Results (33 of 52)

No.

School Name

Exceedance for Lead or Copper

1

Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School

Yes

2

Bagley Elementary School

Yes

3

Bethune Elementary-Middle School

Yes

4

Blackwell Institute, Catherine C

No

5

Brenda Scott

No

6

Brewer

Yes

7

Carleton Elementary School

Yes

8

Central High School/Durfee ES/MS

No

9

Chrysler Elementary School

Yes

10

Cody High School

Yes

11

Communication & Media Arts High School

No

12

Cooke Elementary School , STEM Academy

No

13

Davis Aerospace HS at Golightly

Yes

14

Denby

Yes

15

Detroit International Academy for Young Women

Yes

16

Detroit School of Arts (DSA)

No

17

Dossin Elementary/Middle School

No

18

Douglass Academy for Young Men

Yes

19

Duke Ellington @ Beckham

No

20

East English Village/Diann Banks Williams

No

21

Emerson Elementary/Middle School

Yes

22

Fleming

Yes

23

Gardner Elementary

Yes

24

Golightly Educational Center

Yes

25

Gompers, Samuel L. Elementary/Middle School

No

26

Greenfield Union Elementary/Middle School

Yes

27

Henderson, Erma Academy

Yes

28

Henry Ford High School/Turning Point

No

29

King, Martin Luther Jr. Senior High School

No

30

Law

Yes

31

Mackenzie Elementary/Middle School

No

32

Mann Elementary School

Yes

33

Marquette Elementary/Middle School

Yes

34

Mason Elementary/Middle School

yes

35

Mumford High School

Yes

36

Munger Elementary/Middle School

No

37

Nichols Academy

Yes

38

Nolan

Yes

39

Osborn

Yes

40

Pasteur Elementary School

Yes

41

Priest

No

42

Pulaski

Yes

43

Randolph Career Academy – Construction Trades

Yes

44

Robeson, Paul / Malcolm X Academy (at Hally)

No

45

Schulze Elementary/Middle School

No

46

Southeastern High School

Yes

47

Speech & Hearing – (Day School for Deaf)

Yes

48

Twain, Mark Academy

Yes

49

West Side Academy

Yes

50

Western International High School

Yes

51

White

No

52

Wright, Charles Lower Academy

Yes

Previously Released Test Results

School Name

Exceedance for Lead or Copper

Academy of the Americas Elementary-Middle School

Yes

Academy of the Americas High School

No

Adult Education- East

Yes

Adult Education- West

No

Bates Academy

Yes

Bennett Elementary-Middle School

Yes

Burns Elementary School

No

Cass Technical High School

Yes

Roberto Clemente Elementary

Yes

Clippert Elementary Middle School

Yes

Coleman Young Elementary School

Yes

Davis Aerospace @ Golightly

Yes

Dixon Academy

Yes

Drew Trainable Center

No

Earhart Elementary-Middle School

No

Foreign Language Immersion

Yes

Harms Elementary School

No

Hutchinson @ Howe

Yes

Keidan

Yes

Neinas Elementary School

No

Noble Elementary-Middle School

Yes

Marcus Garvey

Yes

Maybury Elementary School

No

Renaissance High School

Yes

Burton International

Yes

Bow Elementary-Middle School

Yes

Carstens Elementary-Middle School

Yes

Carver STEM

Yes

Clark Elementary-Middle School

Yes

Detroit Lions Academy

Yes

Ludington Magnet Middle School

No

Ronald Brown Academy

No

Sampson-Webber Academy

Yes

Spain Elementary-Middle School

Yes

Below are the first round of test results and the 24 schools tested :

Schools with isolated water sources with elevated levels detected in latest round of water testing:

  1. Academy of the Americas Elementary-Middle School
  2. Adult Education- East
  3. Bates Academy
  4. Bennett Elementary-Middle School
  5. Cass Technical High School
  6. Roberto Clemente Elementary
  7. Clippert Elementary Middle School
  8. Coleman Young Elementary School
  9. Davis Aerospace @ Golightly
  10. Dixon Academy
  11. Foreign Language Immersion
  12. Hutchinson @ Howe
  13. Keidan
  14. Noble Elementary-Middle School
  15. Marcus Garvey
  16. Renaissance High School

No elevations detected in latest round of water testing results returned: 

  1. Academy of the Americas High School
  2. Adult Education- West
  3. Burns Elementary School
  4. Drew Transition Center
  5. Earhart Elementary-Middle School
  6. Harms Elementary School
  7. Neinas Elementary School
  8. Maybury Elementary School

 

DPSCD Engagement Sessions

DATE TIME LOCATION ADDRESS
Monday, September 10 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Mumford High School 17525 Wyoming Street
Wednesday, September 12 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. East English Village Preparatory Academy 5020 Cadieux
Monday, September 17 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Western International High School 1500 Scotten Street
Tuesday, September 18 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine 571 Mack Ave

DPSCD Engagement Sessions Flyer – ENGLISH AND SPANISH

Engagement Session Presentation – Water Testing Timeline


Drinking Water Results Reports 2018

Comments are closed.