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OR school districts react to elevated lead levels in water at Portland schools

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Concerns over radon in the air and lead in the water at some Portland Public Schools have parents, teachers and the district on edge, and FOX 12 has learned that PPS is not the only district with lead problems.

In May, Beaverton School District announced that elevated levels of lead was found in two drinking fountains at Highland Park Middle School. All drinking fountains were immediately shut off and bottled water was brought in for the remainder of the school year.

Now, the Beaverton School District is testing all schools and facilities for lead in the drinking water.

A collection of the samples will be done within a few weeks, and the lab results will come a few weeks after that.

As BSD decides the next course of action, it is working on a website to keep the community informed on the testing results.

Other Oregon school districts are also testing for lead.

The Salem-Keizer School District plans to do testing this summer and said because it's such a big job, it will be done in stages.

The Tigard-Tualatin School District said the latest tests were done in October and the levels came back safe.

The last round of tests done at North Clackamas was in 2002. Those levels were safe but because of community concerns, more testing will be done in the next several weeks.

Hillsboro School District said water testing was done in 2010 and no elevated lead levels were found. More testing will be done this summer. 

The Gresham-Barlow School District is waiting on test results.

In Washington, high levels of lead were recently detected in Tacoma Public Schools.

Last month, Washington Governor Jay Inslee ordered the Department of Health to help school districts test for lead and many local districts are getting results back now.

Vancouver and Woodland School Districts said that the levels are safe there after tests were done last month.

Longview School District said the samples have been completed and the results should come back in a couple of days.

Evergreen Public Schools said it is in the process of collecting samples and will get the results back later this summer.

FOX 12 reached out to a few more school districts and we are waiting to hear back from them.

As for PPS, it said it has fixed the most recent issues with lead at two schools and retested for lead. Those results should be available next week.

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