Apr 19, 2018

Flint School Children to Receive Lead Contamination Screening

Following a legal settlement with the state, students will be screened for the effect of lead contamination on their cognitive functions

Flint students tested for lead drinking water contamination

Following a $4 million legal agreement between Flint, Mich., students and the Michigan Department of Education, Flint students will receive screening and in-depth health assessments to monitor the effect of lead drinking water on their capacity to learn. The settlement marks the end of a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Education for failing to address the educational needs of children whose learning abilities were compromised by lead contamination, according to Reuters.

The program will begin in September and screen children that were exposed to lead drinking water contamination during the Flint water crisis. The assessments will include measurement of cognitive  development, memory and learning, with the final results being sent to the school to better provide services to the children. The screenings could impact between 25,000 to 30,000 school-age children, as well as younger children, according to The Detroit Free Press.

“We believe this path forward will benefit all students and provides needed support to our families,” Flint Community Schools said in a statement.

The lawsuit will continue in federal court in Michigan. Attorney’s for the children are now seeking more special education services and student discipline reform.