When you first arrive on Queensbury’s campus to start the school day, what stands out? Is it the well-manicured athletic fields you know you’ll enjoy in the warmer months? Or is it the freshly mopped floors inside the school buildings, free of dirt trails from yesterday’s recess?
Every school day, students and staff are influenced by the environment in which they learn and work. Leading the charge in creating a safe, clean and comfortable learning and working environment is the district’s Buildings and Grounds Department, comprised of cleaners, maintenance workers, custodians, and their supervisors.
New York State education law requires schools to notify the school community that pesticide products may be used during the school year. Parents/guardians and staff members may request 48-hour advance written notification of certain pesticide applications. If an emergency application is necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human health, a good faith effort will be made to supply written notification to those on the notification list.
Asbestos management plan
In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763), the district conducts periodic asbestos surveillance and a required triennial inspection. Asbestos projects shall be conducted according to all applicable local, state and federal regulations.
The Asbestos Management Plan for each building is available for review during normal business hours at the maintenance office. For more information, please contact the LEA Asbestos Designee at (518) 824-5680.
In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts in New York to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the state Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.
The state established an action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.
School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results—along with remediation plans, if required—on the official district website.
Water test results
Dec. 9, 2016
The district received the results for all four of its school buildings, including William H. Barton Intermediate School. WHBI had 57 water sources tested and found that none of the water sources had lead levels above the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion.
Dec. 2, 2016
Nov. 8, 2016
At the middle school, the district tested 100 water outlets and found eight sinks had lead levels above the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion. None of the eight sources above the action level are designated for drinking or cooking purposes (see chart below). At all eight handwashing sinks, there are now signs reminding users that the sinks should be used for handwashing only and not drinking. The district will retest these sinks to verify the exact source of the lead contamination so it can develop appropriate remediation plans.
At the elementary school, the district tested 101 water outlets and found only one handwashing sink had lead levels above the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion. The sink is not designated for drinking or cooking purposes (see chart below), and a sign is now posted at the sink to remind users that it should be used for handwashing only and not drinking. The district will retest this sink to verify the exact source of the lead contamination so it can develop an appropriate remediation plan.
Oct. 24, 2016
The district has so far received the results for only one of its school buildings, Queensbury High School. At the high school, the district tested 97 water outlets and found six sinks and four exterior hose bibs had lead levels above the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion. None of the 10 sources above the action level are designated for drinking or cooking purposes (see chart below).
Sinks ⎼ At all six handwashing sinks, there are now signs reminding users that the sinks should be used for handwashing only and not drinking.
Hose bibs ⎼ An exterior hose bib is an outdoor water faucet, commonly used with garden hoses. Turning on a hose bib at the high school requires a key from buildings and grounds staff. The four exterior hose bibs that tested above the state’s action level will remain locked while the district posts weather-resistant signage indicating they are not to be used for drinking purposes.
The district will retest these sinks and hose bibs to verify the exact source of the lead contamination so it can develop appropriate remediation plans. The high school remediation plans and water testing results, along with those for all Queensbury buildings, will be posted online as they become available, in accordance with state law.