Environmental Rules, Regulations, And Policies

  • The Office of Facilities Management is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, faculty, support staff and all stakeholders of the Paterson Public Schools District. This mission is supported through periodic inspections of existing District facilities, and careful review of all proposed school sites to ensure a school environment that is health-protective and conducive to learning. The facilities department employees numerous Certified Educational Facilities Managers, numerous Lead Renovators as well as licensed electricians, plumbers, HVACR and other technical staff.  Environmental consultants and certified laboratories are engaged as necessary to support the in-house team.

Department Goals

    • All school environments are maintained in a safe, healthy manner and are conducive to learning.
    • Safe and healthy working conditions will be provided to all District employees in strict compliance with all authorities having jurisdiction, in a manner that reduces risk and liabilities to all stakeholders.
    • Proposed school sites will undergo an appropriate level of environmental review in line with SDA policies, and new schools will be designed and constructed to reduce environmental risks, conserve energy, and provide optimal conditions for learning pursuant to state authorities.
    • District facilities will operate in strict compliance with environmental regulations, including but not limited to all Federal, State, County, Local regulations, and in a manner that reduces environmental risks and liabilities.

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Water Testing Requirements

  • 2021-2022 Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water

    School Exceedances Letters

    Regardless of the results or date of any prior testing, the regulations school districts to test for lead in all outlets where water may be used for consumption or food preparation during the designated Statewide testing year, which is every third year as follows: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022; and July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025 

    School districts are directed to develop a lead sampling plan that governs the collection and analysis of drinking water samples (N.J.A.C. 6A:26-12.4(d)1). To assist covered entities in their compliance efforts with water sampling regulations, the New Jersey Department of Education (Department) recommends carefully reviewing lead sampling information provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). 

    Samples are required to be sent to a certified testing laboratory for analysis. 

    There are public notification requirements: 

    • Make all test results publicly available at the school facility. 
    • Post the most recent test results on the covered entity's website; and 
    • The lead test results shall remain on the website until there are new lead test results to post.