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ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) -

Students at a Cheatham County school will be given free tuberculosis tests this week, but some parents are fired up, saying that it should have happened already.

Speaking to the Cheatham County School Board on Monday, Jennifer Hamblin said she just received a very scary letter, saying her daughter may have been exposed to tuberculosis at Sycamore High School.

"There's different levels of TB. There's different ways to treat it, but we are talking about tuberculosis," Hamblin said.

Her concern is why action isn't being taken faster.

Cheatham County school officials say they were first informed of a case of tuberculosis at Sycamore on March 27.

"However, the parents were not notified until April 2 via telephone. Why the delay?" Hamblin asked.

On Saturday, parents were sent a letter from the Department of Health saying on-site clinic tests would be held in eight to 10 days.

Hamblin says she immediately started making calls to get the date moved up.

"There is a concern of why there was a delay telling us to begin with and why this wasn't a priority enough to go ahead and get the testing done now," Hamblin said.

The school system contacted parents Monday, saying the clinic test would instead be on Wednesday.

Schools Director Stan Curtis told Channel 4 News the date for clinic tests are up to the Department of Health and had been moved up due to parental concerns.

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