THE LOOP — Chicago Public Schools reported no new schools testing positive for lead in the water Friday, but clarified that four still await test results after three schools paid for their own testing.
The district has found that 112 schools registered positive for dangerous levels of lead in the water out of 324 tested with pre-kindergarten programs and built before new lead-pipe regulations took effect in 1986. CPS Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool announced citywide testing in May out of what he called "an abundance of caution" after Tanner Elementary tested positive for dangerous lead levels, prompted by the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich.
Four schools still await results: Beaubien, Gary, Jensen and McPherson.
In addition, CPS announced that three schools paid for their own testing: Coonley, Lozano and Ogden. Coonley and Ogden don't have pre-K programs, while Lozano is in a newer building. Of those, only Lozano failed the test for dangerous lead levels.
According to Chief Administrative Officer Alfonso de Hoyos y Acosta, all other schools will be tested in the fall once school resumes.
CPS has created a webpage with details on the lead-testing program.
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