Rochester School for the Deaf Superintendent and CEO Mr. Antony McLetchie today provided RSD parents and guardians with the following letter regarding the quality of the water provided throughout the RSD campus.

March 23, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Over the course of recent months, water quality has been called into question in various areas across the nation and state. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer recently proposed a bill to require water quality testing across all public school districts. The health and safety of our students is our first priority and this letter is to let you know that for nearly 30 years RSD has been taking precautionary measures to test the water quality in our buildings.

Rest assured, we have no information that water quality is an issue here at Rochester School for the Deaf. We have confidence in the water supplied to our buildings by the Monroe County Water Authority. This is the public entity that is required to report our water quality. At RSD, we have also been conducting lead and other testing on water since at least 1990.  In the early 1990s, drinking fountains at RSD were removed and lead free fountains were installed. In addition, as RSD has embarked on various capital improvement projects over the years, our construction and architectural experts have evaluated pipes that would otherwise not be exposed. To date, we have not encountered anything that posed a concern. Given our continued facility improvements and dedication to water quality testing, it appears that RSD has eradicated any source of water-based lead contamination on our campus.

Please know, we began our own water testing process in 1990 out of an abundance of caution. The tests we have performed and will continue to perform here at RSD are not required. Meanwhile, other local schools are just now beginning to test their water quality since this issue is trending in media. Therefore, I wanted you to be aware of our commitment to continue to test water quality in RSD buildings. Further testing is due to occur again this spring. The findings will be shared in an effort to provide full transparency now that school water testing is in the forefront of our minds.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at


Antony A.L. McLetchie




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