Arkansas - Preventive health screenings in HS—BMI: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses body mass index screening or height AND weight measurement.

2017 Arkansas Code 20-7-135. Nutrition and physical activity standards -- Implementation

(3) Beginning with kindergarten and then in even-numbered grades, require schools to include as a part of a student health report to parents a body mass index percentile by age for each student; and

(4)

  • (A) Permit any parent to refuse to have his or her child's body mass index percentile for age assessed and reported, by providing a written refusal to the school.

  • (B) Students in grades eleven and twelve (11-12) are exempt from any policy or requirement of a public school or the state for measuring or reporting body mass index.


Arkansas 005 01 CARR 008 Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards

5.02.3 Beginning with kindergarten and then in even-numbered grades, require schools to include as a part of a student health report to parents a body mass index percentile by age for each student; and

5.02.4 Permit any parent to refuse to have his or her child's body mass index percentile for age assessed and reported, by providing a written refusal to the school.

5.02.5 Students in grades eleven through twelve (11-12) are exempt from any policy or requirement of a public school or the state for measuring or reporting body mass index.


Arkansas 005 01 CARR 008 Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards and Body Mass Index for Age Assessment Protocols

12.00. Screening Process for BMI Assessment.

  • 12.01 All children in Kindergarten (K), grade two (2), grade four (4), grade six (6), grade eight (8), and grade ten (10) shall have their height and weight assessed to calculate body mass index for age percentile.

    • 12.01.1 This requirement applies to public schools.

    • 12.01.2 The responsibility for enforcement of this section rests equally with each school district.

    • 12.01.3 Nothing in these rules shall preclude voluntary screening of any educational grade or preclude the referral of any child, regardless of grade, whom the parent, teacher or school nurse feels should be screened or examined unless the school has received written refusal from the student's guardian.

    • 12.01.4 Each school district shall follow the approved screening process as outlined in the Height and Weight Measurement Training Manual.

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