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It will be indoor recess for students at Weston School, at least for now.

The Winnipeg School Division discovered, just two days ago, a study from 2007 that found 19 samples of soil from the schools field contained lead above accepted levels.

It was at that point they decided to immediately close off the field to all staff and students.

"We did meet with health officials on Thursday and discovered, to our great relief, that the lead in the soil is of very, very, very low health risk for people, " said Radean Carter, senior information officer with the Winnipeg School Division.

According to Manitoba Health, the only way to get lead poisoning is not from walking or touching it, but from inhaling it or ingesting it.

A site tour will be done today to determine if some recent landscaping that was done at the school has disrupted or caused any of the lead in the soil to become airborne.

"If it is deemed safe, then we can take down the fence and it'll be useable again," explained Carter.

She says they will also be taking extra precautions to make sure students are safe.

"We encourage students to wash their hands regularly and that is really more for the flu season, but it will certainly benefit for this issue as well," said Carter. "When we do open the field there will be a lot more observation about what kids are doing and if those kinds of things are unsafe. We'll just have our staff keep an eye on it."

In the meantime, she says it is still elevated levels and it is still a concern for the province. So the province, through their sustainable development program is going to be doing retesting of all the sites that were tested in 2007 to see where they are at now to determine if there is further mitigation that is required.

Testing will begin in the next couple of weeks, with results expected by the end of the year.

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