First of several public meetings held on CPS lead levels

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CHICAGO -- More than two dozen Chicago Public Schools have high lead levels in their water, testing has shown.

CPS officials answered to worried parents at the first in a series of public forums tonight.

CPS began testing several hundred schools within the last few months in the aftermath of the water crisis that occurred in Flint, Michigan.

Tonight at Mather High School on the city's northwest side the first of several public forums has held to discuss what's being done now in terms of testing and what's been found.

As of Friday, CPS has tested water for lead at 265 of 324 schools.

CPS has set the 15 parts per billion limit itself as a threshold.

Health experts say there is no safe limit of lead exposure.

Additionally meetings will be held at these times and locations:

  • June 21 at Michelle Clark High School, 5101 W. Harrison St. at 4 p.m.
    • June 21 at Whitney Young High School, 211 S. Laflin St. at 6 p.m.
    • June 22 at Back of the Yards College Prep, 2111 W. 47th St., at 6 p.m.
    • June 23 at Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 Stony Island Ave. at 4 p.m.
    • June 23 at Corliss High School, 821 E. 103rd St at 6 p.m.
    • June 24 at Simeon High School, 8147 S. Vincennes Ave. at 4 p.m.

Here is a list of the 19 CPS schools with elevated lead levels:

  • Beasley (1 drinking fountain, 3 sinks)
    • Beidler (1 sink)
    • Blaine (1 drinking fountain, 1 area in boiler room)
    • Blair Early Childhood Center (1 drinking fountain and 3 sinks)
    • Brentano (1 drinking fountain and 1 sink for handwashing in kitchen)
    • Budlong (1 sink)
    • Chappell Elementary (1 sink)
    • Chas (2 sinks)
    • Disney (1 sink)
    • Durkin Park (1 classroom)
    • Esmond (1 drinking fountain)
    • Fernwood (2 drinking fountains)
    • George Carver (3 drinking fountains)
  • Gunsaulus Elementary (1 sink)
    • Harvard (1 drinking fountain)
    • Josephine Locke Elementary (1 sink)
    • LaSalle II (1 sink)
    • Nightingale (1 drinking fountain)
  • Peirce (1 drinking fountain)
    • Perez (1 drinking fountain)
    • Reilly (4 sinks, 1 drinking fountain)
    • Tanner (4 drinking fountains)
    • Wentworth (4 drinking fountains)

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



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