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Lead Drinking Water Concentrations

York Institute is required every two years to do water testing. Ensafe, on behalf of Alvin C. York Institute, collected 64 drinking water samples from fixtures at the Institute on MArch 24 and 25, 2021. These samples were analyzed for lead concentrations using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Method 200.8. Pursuant to the enacted law T.C.A. 49-2-133, this letter serves as a notification that laboratory analyses reported lead concentrations greater than 20 parts per billion (ppb) in 3 water fountains and 2 sinks. Upon notifications of the results, the futures were immediately removed from service and will remain out of service until corrective actions and retesting confirm lead concentrations are less than 20 ppb. These fixtures will remain out of service and have agitators and filters replaced, and be retested within 90 days.

School Reopening Guidance for State Special Schools

This is Dr. Joseph A. Miller, Director of Alvin C. York Institute. In hopes of reaching out to our school community, stakeholders, parents, and students, we are releasing the following guidelines prepared for our school. This document is being furnished as a resource by the TDOE in collaboration with our school personnel and the Fentress County Health Department for the safe return of our students, faculty, and staff for the 2020-21 school year. Please know the safety, well-being, and education of all students are our highest priority, and guided the creation of this document. Please review the guidelines in the following document so that we can all work together to "prepare and excel for the challenges and opportunities of the future."


Dr. Joseph A. Miller
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