Mandatory Blood Lead Testing Program
The Iowa Department of Public Health has recommended since 1992 that all children be tested for lead poisoning. House File 158 was passed by the 2007 legislature and was amended by the 2008 legislature. It became effective July 1, 2008, and requires all children entering kindergarten to have at least one lead test.
The goal of this legislation is to protect Iowan children under the age of 6 years from lead adverse effects in their developing brains and nervous systems and to reduce the number of children with developmental deficits and learning disorders related to lead exposure. The legislation has proven effective through an increase in the number of children tested, a decrease in the number of children with elevated blood leads and the routine child lead testing by physicians.
2017-2018 Kindergarten Enrollment for Lead Screening
The following documents provide the necessary information to school officials for submitting their kindergarten enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year that will assist the Iowa Department of Public Health in determining children that may not have received a blood lead test prior to entering kindergarten.
Greetings to School Officials
Instructions on How to Submit School Data for 2017-2018 School Year
Spreadsheet Used for Submitting School Data
2017-2018 Iowa Public and Non-Public School District Directory
Instructional Video for Submitting Kindergarten Enrollment to Iowa Department of Public Health
Subscribe to the Kindergarten Enrollment Bulletin
Exemptions for Mandatory Blood Lead Testing
Memorandum for School Nurses to Send to Parents
The following memorandums can be used by school nurses to send to parents or guardians notifying them that their child may not have received a blood lead test according to records at the Iowa Department of Public Health.
English Version: Memorandum to Parents (English)
Spanish Version: Memorandum to Parents (Spanish)