SCS prepares for lead testing for those at affected schools

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

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

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

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

“Testing will begin next week. It’s a big process, 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 on their help, so logistically we can do this,” said Shelby County Health Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter.

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

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