Screenings offered after lead found in some Memphis schools

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Free screenings are available for students at Memphis public schools where elevated lead levels have been detected.

The Shelby County Health Department said student lead screening and testing will be available starting Tuesday at its clinics during regular business hours.

County health officials said 39 samples tested last month from 24 schools had results above the EPA threshold in one or more fountains.

Officials said most of those fountains aren’t frequently used, but still have been shut off and removed.

The health department said 3,500 total samples were taken at all water sources in each of the district’s schools, including faucets, drinking fountains and ice machines, and the overwhelming majority of schools showed minimal to no traces of lead.

Results from about 30 Shelby County schools are pending.

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