Lead testing for SCS students pushed back

WATCH: SCS lead testing delayed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Blood tests for the thousands of Shelby County students possibly impacted by lead have been pushed back. Testing was supposed to begin yesterday but has been delayed.

Shelby County Schools said the district is working with the county health department to verify all parental consent forms and questionnaires.

The school district asked parents to complete both forms and turn them in last Friday if they wanted their child tested.

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FOX13 was told once all the paperwork is verified, families will be notified the time and date their school will participate in the screening.

Last month, 35 schools in Shelby County tested positive for elevated levels of lead. 19,000 students may be affected and may receive free screening from the health department.

The results will be mailed directly to parents and not the school district. If lead is detected in the bloodstream additional testing may be conducted.

School officials said they expect testing to last through the first quarter of 2020.