Mandatory Blood Lead Testing Program

Boy playingThe 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.

2016-2017 Kindergarten Enrollment for Lead Screening

The following documents are necessary for submitting the kindergartners enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year.

Subscribe to the Kindergarten Enrollment Bulletin

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) PDF

Spanish Version: Memorandum to Parents (Spanish) PDF

Exemptions for Mandatory Blood Lead Testing

Mandatory Blood Lead Testing Webinars

September 27, 2016

This was a follow up webinar discussing the submission process for kindergarteners enrolled in the 2016-2017 school year.  In this webinar we answered questions you had regarding the procedures for submitting the list of enrolled kindergartners for lead screening via secure e-mail.

Webinar Materials

September 15, 2016

 2016-2017 School Data Matching for Lead Screening Requirement Webinar

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 ~ 9:00 to 10:30 AM

This webinar will discuss the changes in the data entry process for recording kindergarten children enrolled in the 2016-2017 school year. There will be .12 CEUs awarded by IBON Provider #94. No partial credits will be available. If your applying for CEU's make sure to provide your professional license # and a permanent (home) address when completing the registration application.

For additional information download a copy of the brochure School Data Matching For Lead Screening Requirement.

Webinar Materials

April 26, 2016

The following webinar recording and session materials below are from the April 26, 2016 Mandatory Blood Lead Testing Webinar.

Please contact Rossany Brugger at (515) 281-3225 if you have questions or need additional program information.

Additional Information


For more information about the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, please call 1-800-972-2026