High lead levels reported at 56 Chicago-area Catholic schools

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CHICAGO — According to a recent report released this week by the Archdiocese of Chicago, 56 Chicago-area Catholic elementary and high schools have lead levels considered to be unsafe by federal regulations.

A voluntary water test of all the Archdiocese’s 180 schools showed that 70 percent of the schools require no action, which means all water outlets tested were below the EPA’s action level for lead. However, 56 local schools require action due to high lead levels found in the water.

Of those 56 schools, 17 were located in the City of Chicago, while the remaining were located in the suburbs of Lake and Cook counties.

“The safety and well-being of our students is our most important priority, so it was important that the Archdiocese complete this testing,” said Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools. “We are glad to see a high majority of or schools did not have any water issues identified. For the few where issues were detected, those outlets have been removed from service and we are diligently working to address the issues as quickly as possible.”

Following recommended best practices, the Archdiocese is working with its schools to implement a standard flushing program for all drinking outlets, which is one of the best ways to help ensure clean and safe water sources.

Additionally, it has been recommended its schools label all fixtures in the school buildings that are not designated as drinking outlets with appropriate signage.

List of Chicago Area schools with unsafe lead levels:

  • St. Agnes School, Chicago Heights
  • Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts, Chicago
  • St. Alphonsus Liguori School, Prospect Heights
  • St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School, Lemont
  • St. Anastasia School, Waukegan
  • St. Ann School, Chicago
  • St. Athanasius School, Evanston
  • Benedict Preparatory School (Elementary and Secondary), Chicago
  • Bridgeport Catholic Academy, Chicago
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria School, Oak Lawn
  • St. Catherine of Siena/St. Lucy School, Oak Park
  • Catholic Consortium of Lake County: St. Mary of the Annunciation School, Mundelein
  • Transfiguration School and Frassati Catholic Academy, Wauconda
  • Christ Our Savior School, South Holland
  • St. Christopher School, Midlothian
  • St. Colette School, Rolling Meadows
  • St. Constance School, Chicago
  • St. Cyprian School, River Grove
  • SS. Cyrill & Methodius School, Lemont
  • St. Damian School, Oak Forest
  • St. Ferdinand School, Chicago
  • St. Francis De Sales Schoo, Lake Zurich
  • St. Germaine School, Oak Lawn
  • St. Gilbert School, Grayslake
  • St. Helen School, Chicago
  • Holy Angels School, Chicago
  • Holy Cross School, Deerfield
  • Immaculate Conception School (Talcott), Chicago
  • Incarnation School, Palos Heights
  • St. John Vianney School, Northlake
  • St. Joh of the Cross School, Western Springs
  • St. John Fisher School, Chicago
  • St. Joseph School, Homewood
  • St. Joseph School, Round Lake
  • Leo Catholic High School, Chicago
  • St. Leonard School, Berwyn
  • St. Linus School, Oak Lawn
  • St. Luke School, River Forest
  • St. Mary School, Buffalo Grove
  • School of St. Mary, Lake Forest
  • Mary Seat of Wisdom Schoo, Park Ridge
  • Most Holy Redeemer School, Evergreen Park
  • St. Norbert School, Northbrook
  • our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Glenview
  • Our Lady of the Wayside School, Arlington Heights
  • Pope Francis Global Academy (North Campus), Chicago
  • Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Chicago
  • Prince of Peace School, Lake Villa
  • Queen of All Saints School, Chicago
  • Queen of the Rosary School, Elk Grove Village
  • Queen of the Universe School, Chicago
  • St. Theresa School, Palatine
  • St. Thomas of Villanova School, Palatine
  • St. Viator School, Chicago
  • St. Walter School
  • St. Zachary School, Des Plaines