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Oakland Unified School District

10 27 17 OUSD Statement on Consumable Water Testing



  Friday, October 27, 2017 Contact: Valerie Goode Deputy Chief, Communications and Public Affairs  510-879-3666  

OUSD Consumable Water Lead Testing Statement 

We are committed to ensuring safe, healthy environments for students and staff. In September, some of our schools requested testing after learning of lead in water at McClymonds High School. We immediately began testing consumable water at those sites and continue to extend our efforts Districtwide. Additionally, as part of a statewide program administered through EBMUD, we will conduct further testing at all sites. This is yet to be scheduled.   We regret that as we began proactively testing, we were more focused on the process and remediation than on communicating our progress. We have since strengthened our protocol to ensure all of our efforts are transparent and timely. Please see our website for continued updates. To date, 48 sites have been tested. Of those, elevated levels of lead (greater than 15 ppb per the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency) were found at isolated water sources at 6 District run schools: Brookfield, Burckhalter, Fruitvale, Glenview at Santa Fe, Joaquin Miller and Thornhill. All sites where elevated levels were found have been remediated.   “I acknowledge that we let our families and staff down by a lack of communications about our proactive testing efforts,” said Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell. “But I stand by our decision to test the drinking water at all of our schools. We are committed to doing what it takes to address this public health issue for the wellbeing of students and staff.”