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Health Department, Schools Notify Parents, Offer Free Lead Testing After Hazards Found at Montclair Elementary School

Jul 20, 2018

The Department of Public Health and the Cumberland County Schools are working together to ensure the safety of students and staff at Montclair Elementary School after a routine environmental sanitation inspection found lead hazards in areas accessible to children attending the facility at 555 Glensford Drive.

Parents of students at the school were sent letters from Cumberland County Interim Public Health Director Duane Holder and Cumberland County Schools’ Associate Superintendent for Auxiliary Services Tim Kinlaw notifying them of the findings.

Following Health Department recommendations, the school system is putting measures in place to address and monitor the identified lead hazards. The primary route for lead entering the blood of children under 6 years of age is through ingestion of lead-contaminated dust occurring from hand-to-mouth activity.

No student is known to have elevated blood levels; however, the Department of Public Health will offer free blood lead-level testing for students. No appointment is necessary at the Health Department located at 1235 Ramsey Street, but one is recommended. Call 433-3600 to make an appointment. The hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., with extended hours every Tuesday until 7 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns about the health effects of lead or about the blood test, please contact Sandra Shipley, Cumberland County Health Lead Nurse, at (910) 433- 3689.