The National Association of State Boards of Education will attempt to standardize school responses to lead contamination.
After a number of incidents gained national attention in recent years, NASBE says they can no longer look at lead in schools as isolated incidents.
Currently, there’s no set national protocol for handling a lead contamination crisis in a school. While school districts and state education agencies may have general health crisis procedures in place, most have little specifics for lead.
The NASBE will raise the topic at the national meeting this Fall. Director Kristen Amundson says the idea has been percolating since the Flint’s lead crisis.
“It was very, very quickly supported by board members across the country who said, ‘You know that’s a problem in my state, too,’” Amundson says.
The Indiana State Board of Education is a member of NASBE.
In northwest Indiana, School City of East Chicago just relocated elementary school students who attended a school next to a lead contamination site. The SBOE loaded that district 3 million dollars to remodel the school’s new location, a former middle school.
Indiana State Board of Education spokesman Brian Murphy says he appreciates the national group looking into the issue. He says the state was able to quickly move East Chicago students and get the district disaster relief funding without using any national protocol.