The Environmental Health Division of the Pitt County Health Department conducted a recent inspection of Grifton School and observed potential lead hazards outside of the building that houses the art and special education classrooms.
An environmental investigation was then conducted to determine if lead-based paint was present in this area.
Environmental samples were collected and sent to the State laboratory for analysis.
Test results from the State laboratory indicated the presence of a lead poisoning hazard within the soil next to the building and within the exterior paint on the windows and the wooden supports at each door.
Due to the locations of the areas identified and the infrequency of children playing near the exterior of this building, Health Department officials do not suspect that children have been significantly exposed to these lead hazards, but have notified school officials of these findings and are working together with the school to remove these potential lead hazards.
At this time, no children from this school have been identified with lead poisoning, but Health Department officials do recommend that Grifton School students be tested.
That test can be done with a finger stick blood test and is available through the child's doctor or the Pitt County Health Department.
Parents who would like to have their child tested by the Health Department can call 252.902.2449 for an appointment.
Pitt County Schools officials say windows are going to be replaced.
They also say the school district and health department will be sending letters to parents explaining the situation.
If left untreated, lead poisoning can cause learning difficulties, behavioral problems and other adverse health consequences.
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