Rhode Island - Preventive health screenings in ES: Standards

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statute; regulation

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

State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-14. Hearing, speech, and vision screenings – Records – Statewide hearing screening program.

(b) Upon initial entry, all school children shall be given a hearing screening test by a properly trained professional employed by the department of elementary and secondary education, at intervals consistent with regulations promulgated by the director of health and the commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-14.1. Vision screening.

(a) Upon entering kindergarten or within thirty (30) days of the start of the school year, the parent or guardian of each child shall present to school health personnel certification that the child, within the previous twelve (12) months has passed a vision screening conducted by a health care professional licensed by the department of health or has obtained a comprehensive eye examination performed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist. For children who fail to pass the vision screening and for children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental delay, proof of a comprehensive eye examination performed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist indicating any pertinent diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, recommendation and evidence of follow-up treatment, if necessary, shall be provided.

State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-9. Health examinations and dental screenings – Reports – Records.

(e) Dental screenings for children in kindergarten, third, and ninth grade shall only be performed by a licensed dentist.

Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs

Section 9.0 Health Examinations

9.1 Every student who has not been previously enrolled in a public or non-public school in this state shall have a medical history and physical examination completed. This examination shall be conducted in the twelve (12) months preceding the date of school entry, but if not, it shall be completed within six (6) months of school entry.

[Inactive as of July 2018.]
Source: Rhode Island Secretary of State

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