Lead found at Cumberland County elementary school

Lead was found at a Cumberland County elementary school.
Posted 2023-06-12T15:47:44+00:00 - Updated 2023-06-12T22:03:46+00:00
In the classroom in Fall 2020, desks are removed and others spread out to allow for social distance.

Lead was found at a Cumberland County elementary school.

A recent investigation found the presence of lead at Beaver Dam Elementary in Roseboro.

The lead levels were 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 (CDC), the health effects of lead exposure are more 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 blood lead levels above the state’s level that triggers follow-up care.

Cumberland County Schools said there are fewer than 15 students who fall in that age group that may have been impacted.

The Health Department is providing free blood tests to any Beaver Dam Elementary School student who attended in-person instruction in the past six months. Testing is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Public Health Department, which is located at 1235 Ramsey Street. Walk-ins are accepted.

Parents who have questions about the testing may call 910-433-3618 or 910-321-7111.