Notice to Parents
To DHS parents,
As you may already be aware, Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed legislation into law requiring Public and private schools built prior to 2000 and serving kids in pre-school to grade 5 to test for lead in drinking water sources. As a proactive measure Dixon Public Schools began the process of testing for lead in all of our schools prior to this law coming into effect.
While the school district has not yet received a full report of these test results, we have received a preliminary indication that one of the samples from one individual drinking fountain at Dixon High School contained levels of lead in excess of the accepted standard. All other samples from Dixon High School and all other schools have not indicated any concerns regarding lead levels.
Because samples from other areas of the building did not contain lead levels that were of concern, we are confident that this issue is related to the fountain fixture itself and not the piping throughout the entire building. As a precautionary measure the fountain in question, as well as all additional fountains that are of the same model and age or are in the same area, have been shut off until additional testing can be completed and the problem is remediated. At this time, fountains in the gymnasium area as well as the north wing near the cafeteria will remain in service as there is no indication that they pose any risk.
The district has consulted with an environmental consulting firm, district architects and the City of Dixon Water Department for guidance on this issue. As a result of these consultations, the environmental consulting firm has been contracted to conduct extensive testing in an effort to pinpoint the root cause of the problem and to inform remediation plans.
In order to assure that our students have access to water throughout the school day, we are recommending that they bring water bottles with them to school. Water is also available in the cafeteria and in vending machines located throughout the building if students should choose to purchase it at school.
We will keep you up to date on this issue as we receive more information and develop a plan for remediation.
Margo Empen, Superintendent