Irving Water Test Results
Bethel School District has completed the initial testing of drinking water at Irving. This is in response to concerns raised around the country about the possibility of lead in school drinking water.
Of the 58 possible drinking water sources tested in our school, elevated lead levels have been indicated in one location, a sink in Room 14.
The fixture for that sink will be replaced and the water will be retested to confirm that the lead source was in the fixture rather than the interior plumbing. In accordance with EPA guidelines, the follow-up test (again conducted by an independent professional environmental service, PBS Engineering + Environmental) will consist of a water sample taken immediately after a five minute flush of the pipes which feed the site in question.
To address the cause and ensure safe drinking water for students and staff, we will:
- Prevent immediate access to the sink in question
- Eliminate the source of the lead by replacing the fixture
- Conduct a follow-up test and deny access to the sink until confirmation that the problem has been resolved
- Notify Irving families, students and staff of further results and any updates
The health and safety of our students and staff remain our #1 priority. Bethel School District proactively conducted these tests to determine the safety of its drinking water well before the state asked schools to do so.
The EPA also has more information about lead in drinking water: www.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead.
Irving families are encouraged to register for the 2016-2017 school year on August 16th and 17th. Irving’s office will be open on the 16th and 17th from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Parents will be asked to update their children’s registration and health information, complete the home language information form and a field trip permission form. Parents of new public school students are asked to bring their children’s immunization record. For more information call the school office at 541-688-2620. A link to our school supply list can be found in the Irving Links column on the right side of this page. See you at Registration!
Entering Kindergarten or 1st Grade? Join us for TINY TIGERS Play-date’s this summer on Saturday, August 27th, September 3rd, and September 10th from 10:30am-12:00pm! Ms. McFarland will be hosting a blanket on the playground with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and ice cold water bottles provided by the Irving PTO. Bring a snack and a blanket and come have some fun with friends! See you on the Irving Playground on Saturday Aug. 27th, September 3rd, and September 10th!
Meet Your Teacher and Back to School BBQ
Meet Your Teacher Night is Thursday September 1st from 4:45-5:30. Class lists will be posted on Thursday September 1st. During Meet Your Teacher Night you will have an opportunity to see your child’s classroom and meet the teacher. All students and families are encouraged to attend including Kindergarten students.
After Meet Your Teacher, every Irving family is welcome to attend the PTO Back to School BBQ. This is a free family event and dinner is provided free by our PTO. There will be games and PTO information available. I hope to see you at Meet Your Teacher and the Back to School BBQ on Thursday September 1st.
Mark your calendars for Thursday June 3oth from 6:30-8:30pm for the Last Chance Irving PTO Skate World Event! Cost is $5 per family. Current and former Irving families are invited. We hope to see you there for this fun summer event!
Bethel School District has proactively chosen to test the water in our schools, including Irving, responding to concerns raised throughout the country about the possibility of lead in school drinking water.
The samples from all drinking water sources in all Bethel schools will be tested as soon as school is out for summer. This will allow an independent professional environmental service to access the water sources without interruption in order to ensure the most accurate testing.
The samples may take at least 10 business days to process but the results will be immediately shared with families and staff. While there are no federal or state requirements that schools test their water, the safety of the students in our care is our highest priority.
5th Grade Parents don’t forget that 6th Grade Orientation is tonight at Shasta Middle School starting at 6:00pm. SHASTAFEST is after orientation and goes from 6:30-8:00pm in the Shasta Middle School Cafeteria! Don’t miss this great opportunity to find out about Shasta and see all of the great things happening there!