Get the Lead Out of Schools
Is your child’s school safe from lead?
There is no safe level for lead—even small amounts are highly toxic, especially for children. The only way to ensure that kids are safe is to get the lead out of schools altogether.
But lead in schools’ drinking water is still a real threat. This year, half of the 78,000 taps tested in Massachusetts schools had lead in their water. New laws this year are requiring New Hampshire to test drinking water for lead at every school, and we expect to find lead there, too.
The Back to School Toolkit is designed to help parents, teachers and school officials get the facts on lead in drinking water and make the case for strong local action to ensure safe drinking water at school.
We’re proud to partner with Environment America to get this toolkit into parents’ hands.
There are immediate steps that schools can take to protect kids from lead. Schools can install filters and start regularly testing all water sources used for drinking and cooking. But schools shouldn’t wait for tests to confirm that kids are drinking lead-laced water. The safest, permanent solution is removing the lead pipes for good.
We’ve seen that when concerned parents and neighbors come together and organize, it’s possible to make the changes we need to keep our kids safe.