Niagara Gazette

April 25, 2014

INSPECTION: Hyde Park school deemed 'lead safe.'

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Hyde Park Elementary School is now "lead safe," according to officials from the Niagara Falls School District and the Niagara County Health Department.

Following an inspection for the presence of lead in the building on Friday, representatives from the district and the health department said all test results were negative after some areas of the school were remediated, including three doors and a few areas on door jambs and radiators. 

District spokesperson Judie Glaser said Public Health Santitarian Tony J. Zaccarella informed building principal Sheila Smith about the "lead safe" determination following Friday's inspection.  

The health department inspected the school after a child with a pre-existing lead poisoning condition tested at above normal levels of lead. Glaser said the child had tested positive for lead before becoming a student at Hyde Park School and was therefore under ongoing monitoring with a physician.

Earlier this week, the school district notified parents as required by the health department and encouraged families to consider having children tested. Two additional children, who are siblings, have also tested at a slightly a high level of lead, however, the classrooms in which these children study did not test positive for lead, according to Glaser who stressed that exposure to lead could have occurred elsewhere besides at school.

Glaser said district officials have worked closely with the Niagara County Health Department which has cleared the building to re-open Monday as scheduled, at the conclusion of spring break.