North Clackamas Schools

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February 8, 2017

School Board / Administrators:

 As mentioned in our communication of January 25th, acting with an abundance of caution, the district asked an independent environmental company to return to the schools that had no actionable levels in Round 1 and collect samples from all water fixtures previously untested.  

We have received the results for the following schools:

Clackamas Elementary (CHPCS)         Happy Valley Elementary

Happy Valley Middle School               Oak Grove Elementary

Riverside Elementary                           Rock Creek Middle School

Rowe Middle School                           Sabin Skill Center

Schellenberg Center                            Seth Lewelling Elementary

Sunnyside Elementary                        Wichita Community Center

Following is a summary of the results for these twelve locations:

1.     902 additional samples were taken

2.     10 sample tested above the EPA’s actionable level with fixtures intended for drinking water

3.     60 samples tested above the EPA’s actionable level at sinks not intended for drinking or cooking

The district continues to move forward with the below action plan to address test results above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) threshold of 20 parts per billion:

  1. Promptly communicate action plans and test results, and provide all information on the district’s website
  2. Continue to prohibit, with signage, the use of water for drinking or cooking from any sink fixture not intended for drinking or cooking until an independent laboratory reports the water’s test results are below the actionable level
  3. Replace any fixture that tested above actionable level and then retest the new fixture to ensure it is below the actionable level

We will continue to provide information and update the district website at www.nclack.k12.or.us/water. For further information or answers to questions, please contact me, the district’s Risk Manager, at krused@nclack.k12.or.us or at 503-353-1909.

 Respectfully,

 

David Kruse

Risk Manager

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January 25, 2017


School Board / Administrators:


We are following up on our communications of September 21, 2016 when we shared test results from our second round of testing, and outlined our action plan to ensure the safety and health of our students, staff and community.


As reported previously, the Round 2 test results came back as indicated below:

Active Buildings (Alder Creek MS, Bilquist ES, Campbell Campus, Milwaukie HS,

Mt. Scott ES, New Urban HS, New Urban Annex, Putnam HS)

  1. 398 samples were taken at the 8 buildings.

  2. 22 samples tested above the actionable level with fixtures intended for drinking or cooking (e.g. drinking fountains, classroom bubblers, and kitchen sinks used for food preparation).

  3. 83 samples tested above the actionable level at sinks not intended for drinking or cooking. (e.g. restrooms and science room sinks).

Inactive Building (Concord)

  1. 60 samples were taken.

  2. 2 samples tested above the actionable level with fixtures intended for drinking or cooking (e.g. drinking fountains, classroom bubblers, and kitchen sinks used for food preparation).

  3. 12 samples tested above the actionable level at sinks not intended for drinking or cooking. (e.g. restrooms and science room sinks).

The district continues to move forward with the below action plan to address Round 2 test results:

  1. Promptly communicate action plans and test results, and provide all information on the district’s website

  2. Continue to prevent the use of any fixture intended for drinking or cooking until an independent laboratory reports the water’s test results are below the actionable level

  3. Continue to prohibit with signage the use of water for drinking or cooking from any sink fixture not intended for drinking or cooking (e.g. restrooms and science rooms) until an independent laboratory reports the water’s test results are below the actionable level

  4. Replace any fixture that tested above actionable level and then retest the new fixture to ensure it is below the actionable level

Exception: At this time, no work will be conducted at the closed and vacant Concord school.


As of the date of this letter:

  • 114 fixtures have been replaced (based on round 1 and round 2 testing)

  • 19 fixtures remain to be replaced (based on round 2 test results)

  • Round 3 test results have been received for the following schools:

    • Bilquist Elementary:  The two fixtures previously above the action level are now below the EPA actionable level.

    • Mt. Scott Elementary:  The one fixture that previously tested above the action level is now below the EPA actionable level.

    • Rex Putnam High:  Of the 35 fixtures that previously tested above the action level, 24 are now below the EPA’s actionable level.  11 fixtures (all in science rooms and not intended for drinking or cooking) are still testing above the actionable level and will be subject to the district’s action plan to address Round 3 test results (as outlined below).


    • New Urban HS:  Of the 7 fixtures that previously tested above the action level, 4 tested below the EPA action level.  3 samples tested above the action level for fixtures intended for drinking.  All 3 remain inaccessible for use and will be subject to the district’s action plan to address Round 3 results.

    • New Urban Annex:  Of the 5 samples taken, 3 samples tested below the EPA action level and 2 tested above the action level.  These two fixtures are intended for drinking water and remain inaccessible for use and will be subject to the district’s action plan to address Round 3 results.

  • The district continues to replace fixtures/schedule retesting and/or are awaiting results for Milwaukie HS, Alder Creek MS and Campbell Campus.  As per our action plan, those results will be communicated as soon as available.


The district’s action plan to address Round 3 test results are outlined below:

  1. Promptly communicate action plans and test results, and provide all information on the district’s website

  2. Continue to prevent the use of any fixture intended for drinking or cooking until an independent laboratory reports the water’s test results are below the actionable level

  3. Continue to prohibit with signage the use of water for drinking or cooking from any sink fixture not intended for drinking or cooking (e.g. restrooms and classrooms) until an independent laboratory reports the water’s test results are below the actionable level

  4. Evaluate the plumbing leading immediately to the fixture that tested actionable to make any necessary repairs/replacement and then retest to ensure it is below the actionable level


Acting with an abundance of caution, on November 29, the district asked an independent environmental company to return to the schools that had no actionable levels in Round 1 and collect samples from all water fixtures in the school.  We have received the results for Spring Mountain Elementary, where the independent lab results for 80 samples all tested below the EPA’s maximum of 20 parts per billion.  The district expects to receive additional school results in the coming weeks and will share those with each school community at that time. 


For further information or answers to questions, please contact me, the district’s Risk Manager, at krused@nclack.k12.or.us or at 503-353-1909.


Respectfully,



David Kruse

Risk Manager

 

Mt. Scott Test Results

Bilquist Elementary Results

New Urban Test Results

Rex Putnam High School Test Results

Spring Mountain Elementary Results

Mt. Scott Elementary

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