Legal Resources | | EC 49452.8
Physical Examinations; Oral Health Assessment
(a) A pupil, while enrolled in kindergarten in a public school, or while enrolled in first grade in a public school if the pupil was not previously enrolled in kindergarten in a public school, no later than May 31 of the school year, shall present proof of having received an oral health assessment by a licensed dentist, or other licensed or registered dental health professional operating within his or her scope of practice, that was performed no earlier than 12 months prior to the date of the initial enrollment of the pupil.
(b) The parent or legal guardian of a pupil may be excused from complying with subdivision (a) by indicating on the form described in subdivision (d) that the oral health assessment could not be completed because of one or more of the reasons provided in subparagraphs (A) to (C), inclusive, of paragraph (2) of subdivision (d).
(c) A public school shall notify the parent or legal guardian of a pupil described in subdivision (a) concerning the assessment requirement. The notification, at a minimum, shall consist of a letter that includes all of the following:
(1) An explanation of the administrative requirements of this section.
(2) Information on the importance of primary teeth.
(3) Information on the importance of oral health to overall health and to learning.
(4) A toll-free telephone number to request an application for Healthy Families, Medi-Cal, or other government-subsidized health insurance programs.
(5) Contact information for county public health departments.
(6) A statement of privacy applicable under state and federal laws and regulations.
(d) In order to ensure uniform data collection, the department, in consultation with interested persons, shall develop and make available on the Internet Web site of the department, a standardized notification form as specified in subdivision (c) that shall be used by each school district. The standardized form shall include all of the following:
(1) A section that can be used by the licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional performing the assessment to record information that is consistent with the information collected on the oral health assessment form developed by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.
(2) A section in which the parent or legal guardian of a pupil can indicate the reason why an assessment could not be completed by marking the box next to the appropriate reason. The reasons for not completing an assessment shall include all of the following:
(A) Completion of an assessment poses an undue financial burden on the parent or legal guardian.
(B) Lack of access by the parent or legal guardian to a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional.
(C) The parent or legal guardian does not consent to an assessment.
(e) Upon receiving completed assessments, all school districts, by December 31 of each year, shall submit a report to the county office of education of the county in which the school district is located. The report shall include all of the following:
(1) The total number of pupils in the district, by school, who are subject to the requirement to present proof of having received an oral health assessment pursuant to subdivision (a).
(2) The total number of pupils described in paragraph (1) who present proof of an assessment.
(3) The total number of pupils described in paragraph (1) who could not complete an assessment due to financial burden.
(4) The total number of pupils described in paragraph (1) who could not complete an assessment due to lack of access to a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional.
(5) The total number of pupils described in paragraph (1) who could not complete an assessment because their parents or legal guardians did not consent to their child receiving the assessment.
(6) The total number of pupils described in paragraph (1) who are assessed and found to have untreated decay.
(7) The total number of pupils described in paragraph (1) who did not return either the assessment form or the waiver request to the school.
(f) Each county office of education shall maintain the data described in subdivision (e) in a manner that allows the county office to release it upon request.
(g) This section does not prohibit any of the following:
(1) County offices of education from sharing aggregate data collected pursuant to this section with other governmental agencies, philanthropic organizations, or other nonprofit organizations for the purpose of data analysis.
(2) Use of assessment data that is compliant with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-191) for purposes of conducting research and analysis on the oral health status of public school pupils in California.
(h) This section does not preclude a school district or county office of education from developing a schoolsite-based oral health assessment program to meet the requirements of this section.
(i) The Office of Oral Health of the Chronic Disease Control Branch of the State Department of Public Health shall conduct an evaluation of the requirements imposed by this section and prepare and submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2010, that discusses improvements in the oral health of children resulting from the imposition of those requirements. The Office of Oral Health may receive private funds and contract with the University of California to fulfill the duties described in this subdivision.
(j) Funds appropriated in the annual Budget Act for the activities required by this section shall first be used to offset reimbursement provided to local educational agencies pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code for state-mandated costs imposed by this section.
(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 730, Sec. 27.)
Government Code 17500