School officials address parents’ concerns over lead levels

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CHICAGO -- After school at Tanner Elementary School is always a time to celebrate, if you're a kid. But many parents are worried about the high lead levels found in the building's drinking water supply.

Last week, CPS announced that Tanner was one of the 32 schools recently tested that came in over government lead limits: 47 1/2 parts per billion in one sample, more than three times the allowable 15 parts per billion.

Today, school administrators held a meeting to answer questions and listen to concerns, as the sources of those samples are now shut off to students.

CPS will be working with St. Bernard hospital to test students for elevated lead levels next Tuesday and Wednesday at the school.

If parents don't consent to testing, they're encouraging a test be done by the child's doctor.

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