Minnesota - Water Quality: Program Requirement

Program Requirement
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State law requires districts to address water quality in schools.

Minnesota Statutes 2018 Education Code, Chapter 121A Student rights, responsibilities, and behaviors 121A.335 Lead in school drinking water

Subdivision 1. Model plan. The commissioners of health and education shall jointly develop a model plan to require school districts to accurately and efficiently test for the presence of lead in water in public school buildings serving students in kindergarten through grade 12. To the extent possible, the commissioners shall base the plan on the standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The plan may be based on the technical guidance in the Department of Health’s document, “Reducing Lead in Drinking Water: A Technical Guidance for Minnesota’s School and Child Care Facilities.”

Subd. 2. School plans. By July 1, 2018, the board of each school district or charter school must adopt the commissioners” model plan or develop and adopt an alternative plan to accurately and efficiently test for the presence of lead in water in school buildings serving prekindergarten students and students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Subd. 3. Frequency of testing. The plan under subdivision 2 must include a testing schedule for every building serving prekindergarten through grade 12 students. The schedule must require that each building be tested at least once every five years. A school district must begin testing school buildings by July 1, 2018, and complete testing of all buildings that serve students within five years.

Subd. 4. Ten-year facilities plan. A school district may include lead testing and remediation as a part of its ten-year facilities plan under section 123B.595.

Subd. 5. Reporting. A school district that has tested its buildings for the presence of lead shall make the results of the testing available to the public for review and must notify parents of the availability of the information.

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