By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Portland Public Schools has received preliminary results from TRC Solutions, and state-certified laboratories, who tested every cold water fixture for lead and copper in the district’s buildings. Work also has started on lead paint in school buildings, according to the district’s communications office.
Water dispensers were to be available in every building for the start of the school year, the communications office said. Final information is to be posted when it is available.
The district has hired a construction manager to supervise the initial painting project according to required protocols.
The abatement and painting started in about 40 buildings, including these in North and Northeast Portland: Alameda, Beach, Chief Joseph, Boise-Eliot Humboldt, Rigler, Beverly Cleary Fernwood, Rose City Park, Caesar Chavez, Woodlawn, Vernon, James John, Lee and Irvington.
The water tests for individual schools are posted at www.pps.net.
The school district contracted with Kadalyst Health Partners to provide free lead screenings for students, staff and families in June, July and August. Families and staff still interested in screening may make arrangements by calling (503) 916-3122 or signing up at www.kadalyst.com. Final results will be provided as they are available, the district said.
The district also contracted with ZRT Labs to provide home test kits for those unable to attend the clinics. The total distributed was 915 and 273 were processed. Of these, 12 reported detectable lead levels, but none at or above federal public health action levels.
Both Kadalyst and ZRT will report all test results to the Oregon Health Authority, the district communications office said.