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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach City Public School officials say elevated lead levels have been detected at 27 of its schools.

News outlets report the school district sent a notice to families Wednesday to share the results of tests conducted over the summer. They found 61 drinking and food-prep water sources had lead levels greater than state and federal limits.

The district says the risk of elevated lead levels in children from school water consumption is low. Superintendent Aaron Spence said in a news release the district is working with the city's department of public health and its department of public utilities.

State law passed in 2017 requires public schools to test drinking water, prioritizing schools built in or before 1986.

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