State law addresses providing referrals to private physicians or community health partners.
Code of State Rules 126-25A-9. Staffing Requirements
9.3. Medical contacts, referrals, and interpretations of medical data shall be managed by the certified school nurse RN.
Code of State Rules 126-51-5. Health Promotion through School Screenings/Examinations.
5.2 HealthCheck: New enterers in West Virginia public school at first entry of either prekindergarten (Pre-K) or Kindergarten and all students progressing to grades 2, 7 and 12 should have on file within 45 days of enrollment/entry or prior to the first day of school attendance a record of a HealthCheck screening, or other comprehensive health screening comparable to the HealthCheck protocol. The following transition plan will require each new enterer in Pre-K and Kindergarten and all students entering grades 2, 7 and 12 to show proof of a HealthCheck screening: beginning the school year (SY) 2015/16 all new enterers in Pre-K and Kindergarten; beginning SY 2016/17 all students entering grade 2; beginning SY 2017/18 all students entering grade 7; and beginning SY 2018/19 all students entering grade 12. All screening forms shall be signed and dated by the child's licensed health care provider and completed within the prior 12 calendar months. If the student does not have proof of a HealthCheck the classroom teacher shall be informed to ensure any potential learning deficits (vision, hearing, speech and language, developmental, etc.) will be referred to the appropriate school personnel for screening as individually indicated. Counties can retain the right to conduct follow-up screening (W. Va. Code §18-5-17, W. Va. 126CSR28, WVBE Policy 2525, West Virginia's Universal Access to Early Education System, Governor's KidsFirst Initiative and Superintendent's Interpretation of June 29, 2007).
West Virginia Code 18-5-17. Compulsory preenrollment hearing vision and speech and language testing; developmental screening for children under compulsory school age.
(a) All children entering public school for the first time in this state shall be given prior to their enrollments screening tests to determine if they might have vision or hearing impairments or speech and language disabilities. County boards of education may provide, upon request, such screening tests to all children entering nonpublic school. County boards of education shall conduct these screening tests for all children through the use of trained personnel. Parents or guardians of children who are found to have vision or hearing impairments or speech and language disabilities shall be notified of the results of these tests and advised that further diagnosis and treatment of the impairments or disabilities by qualified professional personnel is recommended.