Students, parents and community members can find accurate and timely updates about the recent lead testing results. However, please continue to count on your school principal for specific details about your particular school. Student safety is our main priority, and we appreciate the partnership, support and understanding of our families and community throughout this process.
Over fall break 2023, Memphis-Shelby County Schools performed routine lead testing of all water sources in each of our schools, which is a requirement by state law. The overwhelming majority of our schools showed minimal to no traces of lead in any fountains or water sources. Even though most of the affected water sources are not frequently used, as part of the District’s proactive and precautionary process, any sources that exceeded 20 parts per billion (20ppb) were immediately removed from use. Corrective action is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 21, 2023.
For more information about lead and lead screening and testing, please visit the health department website -- www.shelbytnhealth.com -- or call 901-222-9000.