Brilliant Minds Academy Preschool temporarily suspended after high lead levels found

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Brilliant Minds Academy Preschool is being temporarily suspended beginning Friday, May 11 due to high lead levels found in paint and soil, according to the California Department of Social Services. 

The suspension has been put in place until the problem is fixed. 

The Department of Public Health issued a release Tuesday revealing an evaluation at Brilliant Minds Academy Preschool on Taft Hwy showed lead levels in paint and soil were well above regulatory standards.

The on-site testing occurred April 25, 2018, revealing: 

  • The painted surfaces located on the exterior fascia and the exterior and interior door casing of one of the buildings contain lead in the amount of 1.3 mg/cm2 to 3.9 mg/cm2 which exceeds the State of California Department of Public Health’s maximum allowable level of 1.0 mg/cm2 lead in paint.
  • The soil test result for the bare soil area located next to the infant building and toddler play area was 486.2 parts per million (ppm), which exceeds the State of California Department of Public Health’s lead contaminated soil standard of 400 parts per million for any bare soil area. The samples were submitted to the laboratory to confirm the results, which indicated lead levels for the bare soil area located next to the infant building and toddler play area to actually be 630 ppm.

Tuesday, the school said they were operating as usual, however, students were not allowed on the playground until was fixed.

 

Public health officials said symptoms of lead exposure include stomach ache, headaches, loss of appetite, and crankiness. And lead exposure occurs when lead dust or fumes are inhaled, or when lead is ingested from  hands, food, or water.    

 

As of Friday evening it's unclear of who is responsible to clean up the lead contaminated facility.  

 

If you think your child has been exposed to lead, the Department of Public Health encourages you to call  661-321-3000.

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