Sebring classes canceled Monday for more EPA testing

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SEBRING, OH - Classes will be canceled again Monday at Sebring Local Schools after closing last week due to high levels of lead found in water samples from homes in the village.

The school released the following statement on Sunday afternoon:

I am cancelling classes tomorrow, Monday, January 25th, due to additional testing that the EPA has requested.  The initial water testing was done by taking samples from a few areas in the school buildings.  They have requested to test all water outlets in both buildings.  I appreciate your patience and support as we go through this process.  This closure is for the safety and well-being of all of our students.  The career center students will have school tomorrow and we will host the junior high basketball game as bottled water and hand sanitizer will be available.

Classes at Sebring Local Schools were canceled Friday after the samples were tested. Lead was not found in water at the school buildings, and they were closed just as a precaution, officials say.

Sunday morning, the school district released a statement saying that schools would be open, but once the EPA said they wanted to do more testing the cancellations were made.

The water was tested at a total of 40 locations. Village officials said that in seven of those 40 locations, elevated copper/lead levels were detected.

The water tested fine at the point where it comes out of the water plant, however, officials said. So they believe that the source of the lead may be older pipes under some of the homes in village.

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