HAMPTON ROADS — A new state bill would require preschools and daycare centers to test drinking water while another bill would require all schools to notify parents of any elevated lead levels in tested water.
The bills were brought forward after 23 Virginia Beach schools tested for high lead levels last fall. Parents were not notified of the levels until more than a month after test results started coming back to staff.
Health officials and medical experts said there was no risk to students or staff.
Virginia Beach’s 85th District Del. Alex Askew said the lead results in the city’s schools prompted the bills.
Public schools are already required by a 2017 law to test drinking water for lead, prioritizing schools built in or before 1986. The new bill would add onto that law by requiring schools to submit the water test results to the Virginia Department of Health.