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Health Examinations   

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The Governing Board recognizes that periodic health examinations of students may lead to early detection and treatment of conditions that impact learning. Health examinations also may help in determining whether special adaptations of the school program are necessary.

The Superintendent or designee shall verify that students have complied with legal requirements for a comprehensive health screening, an oral health assessment, and immunizations. In addition, the district shall administer tests for vision, hearing, and scoliosis as required by law. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure the staff employed to examine students exercise proper care of each student being examined and shall ensure that the examination results are kept confidential. Records related to these examinations shall be available only in accordance with law. (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)

The principal of each school shall notify parent/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 effort made to correct them. These reports shall not reveal the identity to the students.

Interscholastic Athletic Competition

All students who participate as cheerleaders, song leaders, or athletes in organized competitive sports shall first undergo a medical examination and submit documentation of medical clearance to the district. Upon sustaining an injury or serious illness, a student may be required to have another examination before participating further. This requirement does not apply to participants in occasional play day or field day activities.

A student who has been excused from the physical education program because of a medical reason may not participate in any interscholastic athletic competition.(cf. 5143 - Insurance)

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

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that staff employed to examine students exercise proper care of each student and that examination results are kept confidential. Records related to these examinations shall be maintained and released only in accordance with law.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

44871-44879 Employment qualifications

48980 Parental notifications

49400-49414.5 Student health, general powers of school boards

49422 Supervision of health and physical development

49450-49458 Physical examinations (of students)

49460-49466 Development of standardized health assessments

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE

120325-120380 Immunization against communicable diseases

121475-121520 Tuberculosis tests for students

124025-124110 Child Health and Disability Prevention Program

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

590-596 Vision screening

3027 Hearing and vision screening for special education

3028 Audiological screening

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

1232h Protection of student rights

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Expanding Access to School Health Services: Policy Considerations for Governing Boards, November 2008

Promoting Oral Health for California's Students: New Roles, New Opportunities for Schools, November 2008

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Standards for Scoliosis Screening in California Public Schools, 2007

A Guide for Vision Testing in California Public Schools, 2005

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Joint Guidance on the Application of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Health Records, November 2008

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, Health Services/School Nursing: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn

California Department of Education, Type 2 Diabetes Information: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/type2diabetes.asp

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy RESCUE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: February 1997 Rescue, California

revised: August 2011