Water and Lead Information and Resources
Information Specific to Students Served by GISD Programs
Water Sources for GISD Buildings and Programs
A resource that outlines the water source for each Genesee Intermediate School District building or program location.
Parents of students in GISD early childhood programs can submit water crisis survey responses and requests for assistance here.
Below are letters to parents and the community regarding measures GISD programs are taking to ensure the safety of students as we navigate the Flint water crisis.
Resources for Parents and Educators
Supporting Children and Families presentation, resource guide, and FAQs for Working with Families. Presented by the Genesee Intermediate School District.
IMPORTANT UPDATES: Water distribution sites are changing. Find current distribution site information here. Also, residents are being asked to flush their pipes to aid in the Flint Water System Recovery. Find more details and instructions here.
Expanded Preschool for Flint Children
The Genesee Intermediate School District is immediately expanding its early childhood programs for newly-enrolled Flint children, ages 3-4. The additional preschool programs are FREE and will serve the educational needs of children affected by the Flint water crisis.
Parents can learn about eligibility and how to enroll their child here.
Additional information regarding this expansion can be found here.
Call 2-1-1 for Assistance
Families can call 2-1-1 for assistance related to the Flint water crisis, including information on how to get water, water filters, cartridges, and test kits.
Dream and Discover
Through GISD's Dream and Discover project, you can help children affected by the Flint water crisis. Learn how you can help here.
US Department of Health and Human Services Resources
As a result of the Flint water crisis, many residents in Genesee County are eligible for additional healthcare coverage through Medicaid. This new coverage is a result of a waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find eligibility guidelines and enrollment instructions here.
Visit the US Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency (PHE) website, for highly-recommended information and resources pertaining to environmental, physical and mental health, nutrition, human services, and communications and outreach efforts from the US government. Stay up to date with news related to the Flint water crisis through PHE's Preparedness Newsweb area.
Additional Local, State, and National Resources
GISD has compiled the following additional resources to assist Flint area families and educators with important and useful information pertaining to the Flint water crisis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information for Parents provides facts about lead poisoning prevention, sources of lead, at-risk populations, and lead testing and treatment. Additionally, they offer a Frequently Asked Questions document.
This mobile app provides the residents of Flint with the most important and up-to-date action items they should take to protect themselves, their families, and their pets in dealing with the Flint water crisis.
Environmental Protection Agency Resources
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website contains important notices about the use of Flint water. The EPA has also provided the Guide to Making Water Safe.
Lead and a Healthy Diet. What You Can Do to Protect Your Child. This EPA resource provides recommendations on how to minimize the effects from lead in the home and suggests types of food that can help protect the body from the harmful effects of lead. (En Español)
Flint Cares was created out of the Flint Water Recovery Group as a way to provide Flint residents with the most accurate, up-to-date, and trustworthy information regarding the water crisis. It is a partnership of the more than 120 nonprofits, churches, grassroots organizations, individuals, and residents.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs About Lead in Flint Water
A resource from the Genesee County Health Department containing facts about lead in Flint water, recommendations for water usage, and links to additional resources at the local and state level.
Genesee County Health Department
The Genesee County Health Department has many resources available on its website, and also provides Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to Lead.
Medicaid Health Plans Brochure and Medicaid Health Plans by County
A guide to Michigan Medicaid health plans, and a Michigan map indicating available plans by region. Both are resources provided by the Michigan Department of Community Health.
How You Can Help
Flint Water Crisis Response
A resource outlining how the Community Foundation of Greater Flint is responding to the water crisis and what community members can do to assist in these efforts.
Michigan Alliance for Families
The Michigan Alliance for Families website provides information about the Flint water crisis and offers assistance with making connections to local resources. Includes resources in Arabic, English, and Spanish.
National Center for Healthy Housing
This Issue Brief: Childhood Lead Exposure and Educational Outcomes highlights recent research on the dangers posed by low-level lead exposure and the resulting financial and social costs.
Nutrition and Lead Recipe Book
Information, tips, and recipes from the Michigan State University Extension about how the foods we prepare and serve can help limit the effects of exposure to lead in children, including resources families can use to obtain assistance.
Commit to Fit
The Commit to Fit website provides a monthly Nutrition Education and Resource Calendar and a Fitness Class Calendar that list upcoming dates and locations for the Mobile Food Bank and Healthy Cooking demonstrations, in addition to other opportunities for health and wellness activities.
Upcoming cooking demonstrations featuring iron-rich foods. All demonstrations are held at the Flint Farmers' Market and are offered by the Michigan State University Extension and the Hurley Wellness Hub, along with Flint Food Works.
State of Michigan Plans and Resources
Taking Action on Flint Water
A State of Michigan website containing information pertaining to Flint area locations where water and water filters can be obtained, in addition to numerous other resources, reports, and entities to contact for questions or assistance.
Water Bottle Recycling Program
Information pertaining to water bottle recycling pick-up and drop-off locations, water cartridge (filter) recycling and replacement, and recycling guidelines.
Unified Coordination Group
Federal agencies continue to coordinate with state and local officials to provide support for the people of Flint, as all respond to the water crisis. United Coordination Group updates can be found here.
U.S. Department of Education - REMS Technical Assistance (TA) Center
The U.S. Department of Education has been working with federal partners to identify resources for those possibly affected by the Flint water emergency. The REMS Technical Assistance Center has established resources on helping to lower lead levels in children and adults.
Water Filter and Aerator Maintenance
Tips and Information for keeping your home lead-safe, instructions on how to clean faucet aerators throughout the home, and the recommended schedule for replacing water filters.
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