School PFAS Communication Toolkit

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has begun a statewide initiative to test drinking water from all schools that use well water and community water supplies. The test is looking for a group of manmade chemicals called per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). MDEQ is taking this precautionary step of testing these drinking water sources to determine if public health actions are needed.

A toolkit containing communication templates was developed to help schools notify staff, students and parents of this process and of the testing results. This is a resource available to your school if you choose, it is not required that you use these templates. All templates can be modified to fit your school’s needs. Below is a description of the documents included in this toolkit.

If your school district has schools on wells and on municipal water supplies, note that the school(s) on the municipal water supplies will be notified of results and next steps by the water suppliers. It is important to communicate to your staff and parents the information the water supplier provides.

Pre-Notification Template
The pre-notification template provides language for notifying staff, students, and parents of the PFAS testing initiative. Language could be used in a variety of formats such as a press release, newsletter, letter, email, however your school communicates best with your audiences.

Letter Templates
Letter templates that notify staff, students, and parents of the sample results, what the results mean and the schools next steps on the matter. There are three letters based on the range results may fall in and the recommendations provided by MDEQ. 

Greater than 70 MDHHS Advice Letter
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will provide you with a letter containing the departments human health advisement if results are greater than 70 ppt for PFOA and PFOS, two of the PFAS compounds, individually or combined. This letter may not be modified. It is not required you distribute this letter.