California - Preventive health screenings in ES: Standards

Policy Type: 
regulation; statute

State law requires a health screening prior to entry (which may or may not specifically include one of the exams listed below).

17 CA ADC § 2951

(1) Each pupil shall be given a hearing screening test in kindergarten or first grade and in second, fifth, eighth, tenth or eleventh grade and first entry into the California public school system.

California Education Code 49460.

(a) The State Department of Education, the State Department of Health Services, and the State Department of Social Services shall jointly enter into a collaborative agreement with the California State University, the University of California, and California medical schools, to establish a standardized health assessment of the children within public schools, and develop a data base on the health of children who are representative of the state’s population. The California State University is responsible for coordinating this effort.
(b) The agreement shall address all of the following:

  • (1) Conducting the health assessment which may include the following:
    • (A) Anthropometric measures.
    • (B) Testing for physical fitness.
    • (C) Testing for chronic disease indicators by using the following methods:
      • (i) A survey of family health and medical history.
      • (ii) Blood pressure measurement.
      • (iii) A blood panel by participating pupils, on a voluntary basis, and with the written consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian.
    • (D) Assessment of the nutritional status of participating pupils.
    • (E) Conducting a voluntary and anonymous survey relating to alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, and related diseases.
      Source: California Legislative Information

California Education Code 33319.

As part of this assistance, the State Department of Education shall provide information and guidance to schools that request the information and guidance, to establish “Health Days” in order to provide screenings for common health problems among pupils as well as to provide information to pupils and parents on prevention of illness, proper nutrition, and other aspects of good health. The Health Days should be organized and staffed by school nurses working in cooperation with volunteers from schools of medicine, schools of public health, schools of nursing, voluntary health agencies, health professionals, local maternal, child, and adolescent health boards, and other appropriate entities. All medical screenings and services conducted pursuant to this section shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 49400) of Part 27.
Source: California Legislative Information

California Health and Safety Code 124105.

(b) The Legislature recognizes the importance of health to learning and to a successful academic career. The Legislature also recognizes the important role of schools in ensuring the health of pupils through health education and the maintenance of minimal health standards among the pupil population. Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature that schools ensure that pupils receive a health screening before the end of the first grade.
Source: California Legislative Information

California Education Code 49452.8.

(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 before the date of the initial enrollment of the pupil.
Source: California Legislative Information

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