Health and Safety of Oregon Students a Top Priority for Education Leaders
(Salem, Ore.) – Today the State Board of Education adopted new rules related to testing for lead in schools. This action represents a swift response by state education leaders to ensure the health and safety of all Oregon students.
“Children and families – as well as educators – must be assured of safe and healthy school facilities,” Governor Kate Brown said. "That's why I directed state agencies to work together with school officials to ensure that local school districts address environmental health factors, such as lead in drinking water and paint. Additionally, new reporting requirements for districts ensure greater accountability and transparency at the local level, so parents, educators, and policymakers receive clear and current information about the state of their school facilities.”
The rules require school districts and public charter schools to report to the public findings of lead testing and testing for other environmental health factors within five days of receiving the results, as well as how they will support ongoing monitoring. The rules also require the development and submission of a Healthy and Safe Facilities Plan to the Oregon Department of Education.
“As we work to improve outcomes for all students, we must ensure our school facilities are welcoming and safe,” Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor said. “I am pleased that the rules reflect input from essential stakeholders including families, educators and other community members, and that they were developed collaboratively with the Oregon Health Authority.”