Posted by Dallas ISD News and Information on 3/11/2016
The following are responses to questions regarding water quality at the Cotton Service Center. Please check back frequently as additional responses are posted.
UPDATED - 2:15 P.M. ON MARCH 23
Question: The report says contaminates were above recommended, but not above action level. Or, contaminates were above action level. It does not say what levels were found. No information was available at the meeting about what dangers these present, and these vague descriptions aren't useful in attempting to research the danger level.
Answer: The findings of the report are available on the Health Updates blog in a separate posting or at www.dallasisd.org/healthupdates.
Question: Is there a timeline for additional testing for air quality, mold or other potential influences at the Cotton building?
Answer: An air quality test is planned in the near future.
Question: What if I feel ill and believe the cause is the environment at the Cotton building?
Answer: Please contact the Dallas ISD Risk Management Department if you believe you've have been injured on the job or have become ill because of your workplace.
Question: The free blood test only includes test code 007625 which is 'Lead, Whole Blood (Adult)'. The Executive Summary indicates arsenic (7 of 8 samples) were present along with lead, why aren't staff members being tested for arsenic, test code ASB, as well as lead testing?
Answer: The free blood screenings will only test for lead. At this time, it is recommended that any employee that desires a more through blood screening should contact their personal physician.