Lead testing at C.R. Anderson Middle School is coming to a close and students are scheduled to come back starting next week. ABC Montana's Joe Moeller attended the school district's meeting to find out the full details.
Tuesday signs were posted on the front doors of C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena explaining that the school had been shut down, after test results came back showing high traces of lead in the building.
The test was part of the facility planning and lead levels were tested at the old shooting range, which was located in the basement of school years ago.
As you can see the signs are still up, doors are still locked here today at C.R. Anderson Middle School and last night the Helena Public School district held a meeting for parents and students to inform them of the situation and what is exactly is going to be happening from here on out.
Superintendent Kent Kulgen and experts explained where lead was tested within the school, and how much lead exactly there was.
"The surface test they took, and they took 25 of them, 24 of them came back as non detectable in other words not high enough to even detect on the test and that is fantastic. One was a floor in a closet came back at 42.5 which the level is 40 so just over the level that is acceptable. All of the air tests came back as non detectable." said Kulgen.
"We have not confirmed that the source of the lead is in fact the shooting range, but we have very strong suspicion that it is. " said Kathy Moore from ALM Consulting.
The amount of lead found within the school is not enough to keep students out of class, and they are due to return Tuesday. Now with a week missing out of the school for C.R. Anderson students, the school district created a new schedule to make up the missed.
"We added five minutes at the start of the day which means schools starting at 8 o'clock, we added eight minutes to the end of the day which means school will get out at 2:58, then we took a look at the middle of the day lunch and advisory we added two compact minutes to advisor time for a total of 15 minutes." said Principal Bruce Campbell.
The extra 15 minutes will allow for school to keep the original academic calendar. If you have any questions regarding the changes you are urged to call the principal at C.R. Anderson.