The universal lead testing regulation went into effect on January 1, 2018. This means that starting in the fall of 2018, every child will need to present a record of being tested for lead before entering kindergarten.
The regulation requires children to be tested at 9-12 months of age and again at approximately 24 months of age. Since this is a new rule, the regulation also includes a catch-up provision for any child that has not previously been tested. If a child has not had a prior test, they will need to be tested before the start of kindergarten or they reach the age of 6, whichever comes first. That means that in 2018, some children will be getting catch up testing.
Families should provide proof of their child’s lead test along with immunization records before the beginning of the school year. The proof does not need to include the test results, just that the test was given. Some families may object to having their child tested. The exemption policy in the new County regulation is identical to state law on vaccinations. Exemption requests must be put in writing.