Keeping Students Safe
How We Report and Fix Peeling Paint in Schools
In New York City public schools, we go above and beyond to keep kids safe. To protect children under six years of age from exposure to lead, the Division of School Facilities regularly looks for peeling paint in classrooms. That’s because peeling lead-based paint can present a risk of lead exposure, especially for children under age six.
Our Custodian Engineers (CEs) conduct routine visual inspections for all classrooms serving children under six including LYFE Centers, 3-K, Pre-k, Kindergarten and First Grade. When we see peeling paint, we work to quickly fix it.
Three times a year, CEs formally record their findings on the Paint Film Condition Visual Inspection Form, and these results are now available online. These reports will occur prior to the first day of school, at the start of the December winter recess and at the conclusion of the school year.
Standard Response Protocol
Our standard response protocol keeps kids safe, and applies to all classrooms serving students under six in buildings built before 1985. Although lead-based paint was banned in New York City in 1960, we take additional precautions and include in our monitoring any building built 25 years after that ban.
If your child is under the age of six and their school was built before 1985:
- CEs routinely visually inspect classrooms, and if there is any peeling paint, it is immediately addressed
- If there is peeling paint, an independent contractor tests whether the paint is lead-based paint, and, if it is, a safety plan is developed.
- If the paint is lead-based paint or is paint of an unknown origin, the peeling paint is sealed with a certified primer and painted over. This is called remediation. Students are relocated in the interim.
- Once the lead-based paint has been remediated, an independent certified inspector technician takes dust wipes that are tested to make sure the room is safe for children to reenter.
- CEs continue to visually inspect regularly.
Report an Issue
If you notice peeling paint in one of our school buildings, we would like to hear from you. Please fill out the Paint Reporting survey below and we will investigate. We’ll need the building code, classroom number and floor. Get your building code by clicking the borough your school is in and typing in the address or school name to find the code.
Once you have the building code, fill out the Paint Reporting survey.
Lead-based Paint Testing Results
View the results of the inspections from June 2019 for all classrooms serving students under six in applicable buildings. These tests were completed in accordance with our protocols detailed above.
The spreadsheet identifies all classrooms, whether there was observation of peeling paint, and if there was, standard response protocol was followed. Please note that in the spreadsheet LPB means “lead-based paint.” Stabilization is part of the standard response protocol.
Find Out More
To secure free blood lead testing, or to find a doctor, call 311.
Providing families with detailed and easily accessible information is key to our partnership with you. Below is a copy of the letter we send to families describing our approach to lead-based paint inspection and repair.