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Important information for Emerson-Gridley families - Updated on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

Updated on Friday, February 22, 2019


In accordance with Act 39 of 2018, the district recently tested the drinking water in its schools for lead. During a recent test of all 16 school buildings, it was discovered that lead level results at the DiPaolo Student Success Center at Emerson-Gridley were 15.9 parts per billion (ppb), which is 6% above the US EPS Action Level of 15 ppb. Importantly, no other building was found to have lead level results above 15 ppb. For your reference, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that lead levels that are 40 ppb and above pose an imminent and substantial endangerment to the health of children and pregnant women.

The district is following all Center Disease Control guidelines for contaminated water including shutting off all drinking fountains and instead providing students and staff with fresh water through multiple drinking stations set up on each floor throughout the building.

We have also reached out to Erie Water Works to request their assistance in remediation, and notified the Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Erie’s Public Schools is committed to the health and safety of our community. We want to assure our families, students and staff that we are taking all necessary steps to remediate this minor elevation in lead level at Emerson-Gridley. 


For more detailed information, please view the following articles published by the Erie Times-News:

Erie Times-News article published Thursday, February 21

Erie Times-News article published Friday, Feburary 22