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Northport middle schoolers relocate after high mercury levels found

Posted: 7:35 AM, Jan 23, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-23 07:36:55-05

NORTHPORT, L.I. — Students from Northport Middle School will start classes at new area schools Thursday after elevated levels of mercury and benzene were confirmed at the Long Island middle school last week.

Last week the school district sent a letter to parents confirming two soil samples from two septic systems contained the elevated levels.

The letter informed parents that the middle school would be closed and students would be relocated to other area schools beginning Thursday.

Middle school kids will be split up between the local high school, two other middle schools and at least one elementary school.

For years parents expressed major concerns that high levels of mercury and benzene in and around Northport Middle School's septic system were making people sick.

The middle school is expected to remain closed through the duration of the school year.