ARP ESSER Health and Safety Plan Guidance & Template 2023-2024
Students and staff are trained every year about the Safe2Say Something system. This program teaches students and staff on how to recognize the warning signs and signals from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others. They are encouraged to say something and report concerns to a hotline via phone call, website or by using the Safe2Say app. This program is run by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.
Visit the website at: https://www.safe2saypa.org/
Water Quality Testing
To prevent exposure to lead contamination in the drinking water of Pennsylvania's schools, the Public School Code was amended in June 2018 (by Act 39 of 2018Opens In A New Window) to:
Encourage schools to test for lead in their drinking water;
Require schools that do not test to discuss lead issues at a public meeting; and
Implement a plan if results exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) national primary drinking water standard of 15 parts per billion (ppb).
Under Act 39 of 2018, schools may, but are not required to, test for lead levels annually in the drinking water of any facility where children attend school.
If a school chooses not to test for lead levels, then the school must discuss lead issues in school facilities at a public meeting once a year. This meeting may be a stand-alone meeting or part of an existing public meeting (such as a school board meeting).