OFL completes water testing of all centers

Opportunities for Learning Principal Julie Johnson, right, welcomes attendees at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new, larger Canyon Country site on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Dan Watson/The Signal

Due to nationwide and statewide concerns regarding water-quality in schools, Opportunities for Learning (OFL) Public Charter Schools conducted voluntarily testing of drinking water at all of its locations.

The year-long testing found that all 35 OFL centers are within the acceptable limit for lead established by the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The safety and welfare of our students and staff continue to be our highest priority so the testing results are very encouraging,” OFL Founder John Hall said in a press release.  “Moving forward we will continue to test our existing sites as recommended, every 3-5 years, and implement a permanent plan for new proposed center locations/relocations to guarantee the water in our school sites meet EPA standards.”

Although California currently has no legal requirements to test water in schools, OFL said it completed the testing to ensure that the drinking water provided to students and staff is safe.

Testing included taking samples of drinking water at each location and having those samples evaluated by a state approved laboratory to ensure they met state and federal approved standards.

OFL operates a center in the Santa Clarita Valley.  It also operates centers in Fresno, High Desert, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley.

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