CPS says elevated lead levels found in 14 schools

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Public Schools has found more schools with elevated levels of lead.

The district says so far it has tested 156 schools and found 14 with elevated levels.

CPS says as soon it discovers the lead levels it notifies parents right away. Sinks and drinking fountains have been shut off at all of the offending schools.

Jennifer Dambaugh said she has not been contacted even though her daughter attends Reilly, one of the affected schools.

“It’s pretty concerning that the school might have lead poisoning,” she said.

Dambaugh knows the effects of lead poisoning well. She says her 4-year-old daughter Isabella contracted lead poisoning two-years ago from the apartment where they lived.

“It’s horrible for small children who don’t understand why they have to get blood drawn,” she said.

After a year of needles, Dambaugh says Isabella is now clear. And as someone who has lived through having a child with lead poisoning, she’s encouraged CPS is testing schools.

CPS tells us it has tested 156 of its 660 schools so far, and it hopes to test 324 by the end of the year.

Here is a list of the 14 CPS schools with fixtures exceeding EPA action levels:

  • Beasley (1 drinking fountain, 3 sinks)
  • Beidler (1 sink)
  • Blaine (1 drinking fountain, 1 area in boiler room)
  • Brentano (1 drinking fountain and 1 sink for handwashing in kitchen)
  • Budlong (1 sink)
  • Esmond (1 drinking fountain)
  • Fernwood (2 drinking fountains)
  • Harvard (1 drinking fountain)
  • LaSalle II (1 sink)
  • Locke J (1 sink)
  • Peirce (1 drinking fountain)
  • Perez (1 drinking fountain)
  • Reilly (being retested)
  • Tanner (4 drinking fountains)

You can see all of the results on the CPS lead testing website.

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