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Lead Water Updates

As we continue to work with State officials on the ongoing concerns related to lead levels in school buildings, we have created this page containing all the information that we receive from the Department of Education and/or the Division of Public Health.  This page is intended to ensure transparency and to keep our families and staff up-to-date on all of the information the state shares with the Colonial School District (CSD) related to these important concerns. This page will be updated every Monday while this project is taking place.


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Colonial Lead water re-testing schedule

Update January 12: We have discovered that many schools are taking more than one day to complete sampling. We have updated this chart to better reflect the ongoing process. This schedule will be updated weekly with the latest schedule and status of sampling in each building. Sampling and testing is being conducted by BATTA environmental. All questions regarding any information in this chart should be submitted via the web form on our website. UPDATED 1/17/23
SchoolScheduled Date of Testing CompletionStatusLink to ResultsDate Results Received
Carrie Downie Elementary School1/19/23Not Yet Started
Castle Hills Elementary SchoolTBDRescheduled
CEEP/Colwyck School1/18/23Not Yet Started
Eisenberg Elementary School1/10/23Completed, awaiting results
George Read Middle SchoolTBDRescheduled
Gunning Bedford1/6/23Rescheduled
Leach SchoolTBDRescheduled
McCullough Middle School1/18/23Not Yet Started
N3/Wallace Wallin12/22/22CompletedResults1/19/23
New Castle Elementary School1/19/23Not Yet Started
Pleasantville Elementary School1/5/23Completed, awaiting results
Southern Elementary School1/11/23CompletedResults1/19/23
Wilbur Elementary School1/20/23Rescheduled
William Penn1/21/23Rescheduled
Wilmington Manor Elementary School1/14/23Completed, awaiting results

Response Protocol for receipt of building lead testing results

Upon receipt of any testing results received from Department of Education (DOE), the Department of Public Health (DPH) or the private contractor conducting the tests, Colonial will take the following steps to ensure transparent and consistent communication to our community:

  • The CSD Facilities Supervisor will immediately share results with the impacted school’s chief custodian, Building Principal, CSD Division of Health and Wellness and Communications Department.
  • The school’s building chief custodian will work with the school custodial staff to immediately shut off any elevated fixtures and post appropriate signage. 
  • Within 48 hrs of receipt, the CSD Facilities Supervisor will review results with the school Building Chief and Principal to determine any impact to school operations.
  • If elevated water fixtures being unavailable will cause a disruption to staff or students, an alternate water source will be provided. 
  • The CSD Facilities Supervisor will discuss remediation steps and timeline with District Administrators and State Officials.