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Schools getting the lead out

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:30 am

The Department of Education and School Construction Authority have completed remediation of lead paint in classrooms serving 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade students, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said Monday. The DOE said custodians and inspectors retained by the SCA conducted visual inspections in 8,438 rooms citywide and successfully remediated all 1,860 impacted rooms. A list of rooms is online, and information on remediation efforts was shared with school staff and families, and an update will be shared with families in impacted buildings on the first day of school.

Declaring the schools to be safe, Carranza said, “We’re looking forward to a successful start of the year, and we’re taking the next step in enhancing our protocols by inspecting, testing and remediating cafeterias and libraries serving kids under six in the next year.”

The announcement followed reports that said the DOE had found lead paint in 302 of 797 schools built before 1985 that serve children under 6 — nearly 38 percent. Lead can damage a child’s mental development.

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