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SCS prepares for lead testing for those at affected schools

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Parents of 19,000 Shelby County School students are now being told to get ready for lead testing. A packet of informat...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Parents of 19,000 Shelby County School students are now being toldto get ready for lead testing.

A packet of information, along with permission slips, went out toparents this week.

All of this is coming because lead was found in the water at 35schools in Shelby County.

This week, the county health department went to work to figure outhow to do the in-school testing.

“Testing will begin next week. It’s a bigprocess, but we have staff. It’s what we’re used to doing in public health.We’re partnering very closely with the schools. We are also are relying ontheir help, so logistically we can do this,” said Shelby County Health DirectorDr. Alisa Haushalter.

The testing is expected to cost about $80,000, butthat figure will go up if additional tests are needed.