Claremont to Weigh Opt-Out Option on Lead-Testing in Schools

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After starting a first-of-its-kind lead-testing program in its schools, Claremont may soon allow parents to opt-out of the requirements. The city launched the program, which requires lead tests for all incoming kindergarten and pre-k students, this year. Claremont is one of several high-risk communities for lead poisoning in the state, largely because of its old housing stock. But at least one community member has raised concerns that parents can't sign a waiver to opt-out of the testing requirement, as is allowed for certain vaccinations. School Board Chair Brian Rapp says the board will consider revisions to the policy at its meeting later this month. “We're the first in the state to have a lead-testing policy and, as with anything, there will be...

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