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Two PPS students test positive for high lead levels in blood

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

After one day of free testing, the Multnomah County Health Department said blood test results have revealed that two students at Rose City Park Elementary School have high levels of lead in their blood.

About 225 kids and parents were tested at Rose City Park Monday, after Portland Public Schools discovered elevated levels of lead in the drinking water in several schools in May.

Participants had their fingers pricked. The quick test measures micrograms of lead per deciliter, or a tenth of a liter, of blood.  

A blood lead level will tell if a person has been exposed to lead in the last three months, according to Multnomah County. 

Officials said if that number is at or above 5, further testing by doctors must be done. 

Multnomah County health experts confirmed that blood levels in two children were high enough to require further blood testing. 

Many parents expressed their frustration with the school district.

“I’m not glad that it’s happened,” said parent Kelly Raine. “I’d like some answers. I’d like to know who dropped the ball on this.”

Creston School will be offering free testing Tuesday for students and parents from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

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