Lead Testing in Schools
West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) takes safety very seriously and works diligently to ensure we provide safe and healthy learning and working environments for all of our students and staff members.

In 2017, Minnesota passed legislation (Section 121A.335) requiring public school districts and charter schools to test for the presence of lead in water. 

As required by the Statues, on June 18, 2018 West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) adopted the model plan from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). It is based on standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and current MDH guidance. 

In accordance with this plan:
- Each school building will be tested at least once every five (5) years. 
- Test results will be made available to the public for review on this webpage.
- Parents and guardians will be informed of the availability of the test results. This will happen annually through the Family Handbook which is mailed to all families and published on the district website.

Prior to the 2017 state legislation, District 197 had been testing for lead in water and addressing any issues at all school buildings for the past several years, based on existing recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health.

If you have any questions about lead testing in District 197, please contact Mark Fenton, Facilities Manager/Health and Safety, at 651-403-7325 or mark.fenton@isd197.org.

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