Good afternoon P.S. 10 Families,
Thanks so much to all of our families for participating in this morning's PTA meeting. We wanted to clarify one specific topic that was addressed at the meeting. As it pertains to the lead paint that had been identified in a small number of classrooms. Please note that an independent agency was contracted by the School Construction authority in order to remediate any of the concerns based around lead paint. In the meeting, Dr. Wong referenced that these rooms had been addressed and remediated for lead. He also mentioned that classrooms which had peeling paint and which had been tested and found NOT to contain lead paint would be addressed by custodians throughout the year. It seems as if this caused some confusion amongst families who took this to mean that other classrooms contained lead paint.
Please note the excerpt below which comes directly from the independent environmental agency's letter to the School Construction Authority in regards to the lead paint situation:
Precision Environmental Inc. performed final clearance lead dust wipe sampling limited stabilization of lead-based painted surfaces was completed in the following areas:
- Room 213
- Room 214
- Room 216
The clearance dust wipe sampling for lead-in-dust were performed following The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) protocols.
All dust wipe samples for lead were analyzed using Method HUD June 1995 by Laboratory Testing Services, Inc. Laboratory Testing Services, Inc.’s laboratory is accredited by the New York State Department of Health under their Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP ID# 10955) and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under their National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) Laboratory ID 101958. Laboratory analysis of the clearance dust wipe samples collected determined that lead concentrations in dust on the floor, window sill, and window well surfaces of aforementioned areas were below the HUD guidance levels of 40 μg/ft2 for floors, 250 μg/ft2 for window sills, and 400 μg/ft2 for window wells and NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene clearance levels of 10 μg/ft2 for floors, 50 μg/ft2 for window sills, and 100 μg/ft2 for window wells.
We greatly appreciate your concern for the welfare of our school community but we want to reiterate that the paint was tested and found to be well under level. If you still have any concerns about peeling or damaged paint, you may fill out the Paint Reporting survey at schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint
P.S. 10 Administration