Connecticut - Preventive health screenings in ES: Standards

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

General Statues of Connecticut Sec. 10-206. Health assessments

(b) Each local or regional board of education shall require each child to have a health assessment prior to public school enrollment. The assessment shall include: (1) A physical examination which shall include hematocrit or hemoglobin tests, height, weight, blood pressure, and, beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, a chronic disease assessment which shall include, but not be limited to, asthma as defined by the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to subsection (c) of section 19a-62a. The assessment form shall include (A) a check box for the provider conducting the assessment, as provided in subsection (a) of this section, to indicate an asthma diagnosis, (B) screening questions relating to appropriate public health concerns to be answered by the parent or guardian, and (C) screening questions to be answered by such provider; (2) an updating of immunizations as required under section 10-204a, provided a registered nurse may only update said immunizations pursuant to a written order by a physician or physician assistant, licensed pursuant to chapter 370, or an advanced practice registered nurse, licensed pursuant to chapter 378; (3) vision, hearing, speech and gross dental screenings; and (4) such other information, including health and developmental history, as the physician feels is necessary and appropriate. The assessment shall also include tests for tuberculosis, sickle cell anemia or Cooley’s anemia and tests for lead levels in the blood where the local or regional board of education determines after consultation with the school medical advisor and the local health department, or in the case of a regional board of education, each local health department, that such tests are necessary, provided a registered nurse may only perform said tests pursuant to the written order of a physician or physician assistant, licensed pursuant to chapter 370, or an advanced practice registered nurse, licensed pursuant to chapter 378.


General Statues of Connecticut Sec. 10-214. Vision, audiometric and postural screenings: When required; notification of parents re defects; record of results.

(a) Each local or regional board of education shall provide annually to each pupil in kindergarten and grades one and three to five, inclusive, a vision screening, using a Snellen chart, or equivalent screening device, such as an automated vision screening device. The superintendent of schools shall give written notice to the parent or guardian of each pupil (1) who is found to have any defect of vision or disease of the eyes, with a brief statement describing such defect or disease and a recommendation for the pupil to be examined by an optometrist licensed under chapter 380 or an ophthalmologist licensed under chapter 370, and (2) who did not receive such vision screening, with a brief statement explaining why such pupil did not receive such vision screening.


General Statues of Connecticut Sec. 10-214. Vision, audiometric and postural screenings: When required; notification of parents re defects; record of results.

(b) Each local or regional board of education shall provide annually audiometric screening for hearing to each pupil in kindergarten and grades one and three to five, inclusive. The superintendent of schools shall give written notice to the parent or guardian of each pupil (1) found to have any impairment or defect of hearing, with a brief statement describing such impairment or defect, and (2) who did not receive an audiometric screening for hearing, with a brief statement explaining why such pupil did not receive an audiometric screening for hearing.

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