The Cumberland County Department of Public Health Environmental Health Division notified Cumberland County Schools (CCS) that recent water testing at Loyd Auman Elementary School, 6882 Raeford Road, revealed lead levels higher than acceptable levels set forth in the North Carolina General Statutes.
Parents of students younger than age 6 who have attended in-person instruction at the school in the last six months will receive a hard copy notice from the Department of Public Health and CCS informing them that the lead hazard has been identified and recommending that their children be tested to determine their blood lead level.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health effects of lead exposure are most harmful to children less than 6 years of age because their bodies are still developing and growing rapidly. At this time, no student is known to have elevated blood levels. There are 45 students who fall in that age group from the elementary school.
The Health Department is providing free blood tests to any Loyd Auman Elementary School student who attended in-person instruction in the last six months. Testing is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Public Health Department, 1235 Ramsey Street. Walk-ins are accepted.
“We want parents and guardians to know they have access to the tools necessary to ensure their child’s safety and well-being,” said Jennifer Green, Cumberland County Health Director. “A simple blood test to determine your child’s blood lead level is available at the Public Health Department or from your regular doctor.”
Parents who have questions about the testing may call 910-433-3689.