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Health Examinations   

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The Governing Board recognizes the importance of periodic health examinations conducted according to state health regulations. To determine the health status of students, facilitate the removal of handicaps to learning, and determine whether special adaptations of the school program may be necessary, the Board shall require that periodic examinations be conducted for tests for vision, hearing and scoliosis.

All personnel employed to examine students shall exercise proper care of each student being examined and shall ensure that the examination results are kept confidential. (Education Code 49450)

A parent/guardian may annually file a statement with the principal withholding consent to any physical examination of his/her child. The child shall be exempt, but shall be subject to exclusion due to a suspected contagious or infectious disease. (Education Code 49451)

(cf. 5141.22 - Infectious Diseases)

The principal of each school shall notify parents/guardians of the rights of students and parents/guardians relating to health examinations.

The Board may from time to time require reports regarding the numbers of students found to have physical problems and the effort made to correct them. Any reports to the Board regarding the number of students found to have physical problems and the effort made to correct them shall in no way reveal the identity of students. (Education Code 49457)

The Superintendent or designee shall develop the necessary procedures to implement this policy.

(cf. 5111 - Admission)

(cf. 5141.22 - Infectious Diseases)

(cf. 5141.23 - Infectious Disease Prevention)

(cf. 5141.31- Immunizations)

Interscholastic Athletic Competition

All students who participate as cheerleaders, song leaders, or athletes in interscholastic sports are required to file a current medical examination. Compliance with the medical examination requirement is not necessary for participants in a play day or a field day activity occurring occasionally during a school year in which students of one or more particular grade levels from two or more schools in the district participate in athletic contests.

If a student sustains an injury or serious illness, the student may be required by school personnel to have another examination prior to further interscholastic competition.

A student who has been excused from the physical education program because of a medical reason may not participate in any interscholastic athletic competition.

All students engaging in interscholastic athletic competition are required to meet accident insurance requirements prescribed by law.

(cf. 5143 - Insurance)

Legal Reference:


44871-44879 Employment qualifications

49400-49413 General powers-school boards (re pupil health)

49422 Supervision of health and physical development

49450-49457 Physical examinations (of pupils)

49460-49466 Development of standardized health assessments


120325-120380 Immunization against communicable diseases

121475-121520 Tuberculosis tests for pupils


590-596 Vision screening

3027 Hearing and vision screening for special education

3028 Audiological screening


adopted: May 13, 2003 La Canada Flintridge, California