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Northtowns Academy is an alternative setting that provides students new beginnings and second chances.  Northtowns Academy focuses on the whole student: allowing every opportunity to achieve goals, ensuring a brighter future, and building productive members of society. 

Each program provides teachers, certified in a core content area, who have experience working with an at-risk population.  

  • Alternative High School (Grades 9-12)  
  • Teen Parenting
  • Out of School Suspension Program (Grades 7-12)
  • Opportunities for Career and Technical Education

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Letter to Parents Regarding Lead Test Results
Dear Parents and Guardians,

All public schools in New York State were required to test their water outlets for lead by October 31. Legislation requires all schools to notify parents with the results of those water tests. You may have received, or will likely receive, a letter about water test results from the school building where your child attends an Erie 1 BOCES program.

At Erie 1 BOCES, we are working closely with the various school buildings that host our alternative and special education programs. Erie 1 BOCES is committed to protecting the health of all students, teachers and staff. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify you with any additional concerns. 

It is important to keep in mind that school districts must test all faucets where drinking water could be potentially obtained; including, but not limited to, drinking fountains, restroom sinks, boiler rooms and outside hose connections. Just like all of you, we will review the documentation in detail to consider the outlet location as well as the test results.

Rest assured, if the lead concentration at an outlet exceeds the action level, which is 15 parts per billion (ppb), the school will prohibit use of the outlet until the cause of the lead level is addressed and test results indicate that the lead levels are at or below 15 ppb. Should a drinking source be impacted, the building will provide an adequate supply of alterative water sources for drinking and cooking until remediation is complete.

For updates on your child’s school building test progress, please see visit the host school district’s website. For your convenience, a listing of our region’s school district websites can be accessed via

If you have any health-related questions about lead testing, please contact your family physician or the Erie County Department of Health at (716) 858-7690.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our response, or the host building’s response, via the information provided below. Thank you.


Justin DeMartin  
Director of Exceptional Education
(716) 821-7096 
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