The Boston Public Schools are leading nine community meetings about water access in Boston Public Schools, with one in Jamaica Plain on June 2. These meetings are a result of concerns about water quality, particularly of lead contamination, after it was learned that students at four Boston schools, including the Curley School in JP, may have drank water containing lead.
"The School Committee felt it was necessary to provide additional in-person opportunities for families to receive information about water access," said Boston School Committee Chairman Michael O'Neill via a press release. "We will continue working very closely with BPS to ensure our water policy is a national leader, appropriately so, in protecting our students and staff, while ensuring that all in our schools are receiving quality water access.
The Boston School Committee is scheduled to vote on the BPS Water Access Policy on June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Bruce C. Bolling Building (2300 Washington St., Roxbury). For more info click here.
Lead contamination has become a hot button issue throughout the country after the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, gained national attention due to being contaminated.
Boston Public Schools tested the water in all 38 facilities this spring with working water fountains. Some schools do not have operating water fountains, instead providing bottled water to students and faculty. There are 126 Boston Public Schools.
"There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our students and staff," said Superintendent Tommy Chang via a press release. "Boston Public Schools is committed to using a multi-pronged approach to provide data and resources to keep our families well-informed. This entails delivering messages in multiple languages, and through multiple mediums. "
The Boston Public Schools will host a series of community meetings open to the public, as follows:
Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 pm, Mather Elementary School
24 Parish Street, Dorchester
Wednesday, June 1, 5:00 pm, Another Course to College and Boston Green Academy
20 Warren Street, Brighton
Thursday, June 2, 5:30 pm, Kenny Elementary School
19 Oakton Avenue, Dorchester
Thursday, June 2, 6:00 pm, Curley K-8 School
493 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm, Murphy K-8 School
1 Worrell Street, Dorchester
Tuesday, June 7, 5:00 pm, Trotter School
135 Humboldt Avenue, Dorchester
Wednesday, June 8, 5:00 pm, Boston Latin Academy
205 Townsend Street, Dorchester
Thursday, June 9, 5:00 pm, Lee K-8 School
155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester
Monday, June 13, 6:00 pm, Hernandez K-8 School
61 School Street, Roxbury