As you may be aware, the state will be requiring that all schools be tested for high levels of lead beginning this September; however, the Dumont School District has decided to move forward and test immediately. We have been investigating all of our options and sought the most effective way of getting accurate and reliable testing done, which meets the EPA guidelines and is acceptable by the DOE. The district had been hoping that the New Jersey Department of Education would provide an updated protocol and has been in contact with the County office for any additional guidance.
The district recently hired Detail Associates, Inc. an environmental engineering consultant firm, as our partner in this endeavor. Their sample collection and analysis will provide results in accordance with the current standards and guidelines from the EPA and New Jersey Department of Health.The district has chosen to test all of its drinking fountains and areas where our food preparation is conducted such as our kitchens, faculty rooms, and cafeterias.Results will be provided as soon as they become available.