PPS Lead in Water update for King

A message from the district:

Dear King Families and Staff,

Portland Public Schools has contracted with TRC Solutions and seven state-certified labs to complete district-wide water testing in all PPS buildings by early July.

King School had fixtures with elevated levels of lead. The results are here (yellow highlighted fixtures are above 15 ppb).

There will be safe drinking water available in the fall and corresponding remediation planning will begin once results and a full assessment is complete.

The district has established a website for regular updates about testing and results, as well as other initiatives we are undertaking to address the issues.

If you have health concerns, please contact your health care provider or call Multnomah County’s Leadline at 503-988-4000 or visitwww.leadline.org. Multnomah County will be holding free lead testing for children and pregnant women on Friday, July 15 from 11:45am – 12:30pm at Kenton Library, 8226 N. Denver Ave. Other dates and times for free lead testing are here. Additionally, PPS is offering parents the opportunity to order a home lead test kit for their children. If interested, please call ZRT Laboratory at 1-866-600-1636 or 503-466-2445, or order via email at info@zrtlab.com.

If you have any questions about plans moving forward please direct them to ehs@pps.net.

Thank you for your support of Portland Public Schools. The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our highest priority and we appreciate the community support during this time.

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Visit http://www.pps.net/Page/5378 to see the results for King School.

Alert: Water at King

From the PPS website (full text: English/Español):

Immediate steps to provide safe drinking water

May 27, 2016

Portland Public Schools is taking immediate steps to provide safe drinking water to all students, faculty and staff, following tests at two schools that show lead levels that exceed the federal Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant level.

  • Drinking fountains in all Portland Public Schools will be shut down by 10 pm tonight, and closure signs posted before the start of school Tuesday morning.
  •  All Portland Public Schools will have supplies of bottled water for all students, faculty and staff for the remainder of the school year.
  •  The District’s nutrition services department will use bottled water for all food preparation, and will use disposable plates and utensils for the remainder of the school year.
  •  Comprehensive district-wide water lead level testing will continue as planned this summer, with results shared with the public. Fountains, sinks, and fixtures will not be put back into service until water lead level test results meet or exceed the standard.
  • Portland Public Schools is working with Multnomah County to provide on-site blood lead level screening for Creston and Rose City Park students starting the week of June 6.
  • Additional information regarding blood lead level testing will be provided to all PPS families.


For more information on getting your children tested for lead, please talk to your child’s doctor.  Or, find a free lead screening clinic near you (from Multnomah County, ages 6 and under).

Bottled water will be provided by the district for the remainder of the school year, but we encourage you to send your child to school with water from home in a water bottle.  We will also provide bottled water at the King School Carnival on June 3.

Para más información sobre como obtener sus hijos exámenes de niveles de plomo en la sangre, por favor hable con su médico. O encontrar una clínica cerca de usted sin costo (en el Condado de Multnomah, 6 años y menores).

Agua embotellada se prestará por el distrito para el resto del año escolar, pero te animamos a enviar a su hijo con agua de una botella reutilizable.  También ofrecemos agua embotellada en el carnaval el 3 de junio.

Thank you/Gracias

Meet the new King principal!

Hello King Families,
Thank you for a great two years. I am so proud of King students and families. Please read this message from Senior Director Karl Logan.
Thank you,
Eryn Berg
Proud Former Principal of King School

Dear King Families:

I am happy to tell you that Jill Sage, currently principal at Skyline K-8 School, will become the new principal at King starting July 1.


Principal Sage’s staff and leadership experiences in the arts, language immersion, equity work and raising student achievement makes her a great fit for King. Please read more about Principal Sage in the attached announcement from Superintendent Carole Smith.

Principal Sage asked me to invite you to an open house at King School on Wednesday July 1 from 3:30 pm to 4:30. Please  stop by the school if you can to meet and talk with Principal Sage.

I hope your summer is off to a good start.

Karl Logan
Senior Director, Grant and Jefferson Cluster Schools


Estimadas familias de King,

Me alegra informarles a ustedes que la Señora, Jill Sage, directora actual de la escuela de Skyline, del kindergarten al octavo grado será la nueva directora de King, a partir del 1 de julio.


La experiencia de directora Sage con el personal y el liderazgo en campos como los artes, inmersión de idioma, su trabajo en la equidad y la elevación  del aprovechamiento de alumno le muestra ser muy adecuada para King. Favor de leer más sobre directora Sage en el anuncio adjunto de la superintendente,  Señora Carole Smith.

Directora Sage me pidió invitarles a ustedes a una casa abierta para todos en la escuela de King el miércoles, el 1 de julio desde las 3:30 p.m. hasta las 4:30 p.m.  Favor de pasar de visita por la escuela si podrá conocer y conversar con la directora Sage.

Espero que su verano haya tenido un buen comienzo.

Karl Logan
Director principal, las escuelas de agrupación de Grant y Jefferson