As previously communicated, PPS recently hired an independent third party to test lead paint levels in two of the classrooms at Hayhurst, #14 and #15. A copy of their final report, dated September 15, 2016, may be accessed here. The report’s Executive Summary on page 1 includes the following recommendations:
Dear Portland Public Schools Families and Staff,
Welcome to the first day of the 2016-17 school year!
It is wonderful to see our community come together to help get ready for our students every year. Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in Project Community Care day on Saturday.
Over my time as superintendent, I am proud to have worked alongside you and with seventeen different board members to make Portland Public Schools the best we can during a period of extreme financial volatility.
By prioritizing, and often times making difficult decisions about budgets, staffing and programs, we not only helped create stability for our students but we paved paths to unprecedented progress in building a district that truly serves every one of our students:
I want to apologize to our students, staff, families and community
for the events of the last week relating to the water quality in our
Addressing this immediate issue has been our priority. Here is a recap of the actions we have taken to secure safe water for the remainder of the school year for all of our students and staff: