Swansboro Elementary students offered lead testing after lead-based paint found at school

SWANSBORO, N.C. (WITN) – Some students at one elementary school here in Eastern Carolina are being offered free lead testing after lead-based paint has been found.

A recent inspection at Swansboro Elementary School found the lead paint underneath several paint layers in areas accessible to children, while the school system says there’s no indication that any child has been affected.

The county health department says the lead was found primarily on a cafeteria door casing, a book storage room door casing, a storage room door casing, and all door casings in the 101/102/103/106 and 105/108/111/112 quads.

The health department says parents were notified of the results via a certified letter and that the school system has started a remediation plan to remove the lead.

The county will have testing at the school on May 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to noon only for the qualifying kindergarten students who received certified letters of potential lead exposure. Appointments can also be made at the health department or walk in times will be available from May 6th to the 17th for the free tests.

The school system says the inspection found no lead dust and there was no evidence of water contamination.

Schools which could contain lead paint are inspected twice a year, according to the school system. The lead was found during a health department inspection, which was between the inspection cycles.

The plan is to fully remove the paint over the summer, the school system says.