|SAME AS||SAME AS S03150|
|Amd §903, Ed L|
|Requires heart examinations for public school students.|
|01/27/2017||referred to education|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A3244 SPONSOR: Cusick
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring heart examinations for students   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Requires heart examinations for public school students.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 903 of the education law is amended to add that health certificates furnished by each student upon entrance into public schools shall include a statement that the student has undergone a heart test, such as an electrocardiogram. Furthermore, it shall state that the student is fit to participate in physical education or physical athletic activities. Section 2. Effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Under current law, a student must submit a health certificate upon entrance to public school. This is required upon his or her entry into the grades prescribed in regulations by the commissioner, which requires such certificates at least twice during the elementary grades and twice in the secondary grades. An examination and health history of any child may also be required by the local school authorities at any time in their discretion to promote the educational interests of such child. Each certificate shall describe the condition of the student when the examination was made, which shall not be more than twelve months prior to the commencement of the school year in which the examination is required, and it shall state whether such student is in a fit condition of health to permit his or her attendance at the public school. The tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) occurs in individuals under 40 years of age more often than most would guess. According to a CNN study, over 400,000 young adults are affected by SCD each year. Requiring students to be screened for heart abnormalities when they go to their doctor for their school physical would show if there are any rhythm disturbances of the heart as well as abnormalities in size, thickness and functions of the left ventricle, aortic valve and aorta. Determining the presence of any of these conditions could result in the saving of a young life. Physical exertion associated with competitive sports and other physical athletic activities exacerbates these conditions and can result in an untimely death of a student. This legislation would add to the required health certificate, proof that the student has undergone a heart test, such as an electrocardio- gram, which states whether that student is fit to participate in phys- ical education and physical athletic activities. Furthermore, screening the heart for any abnormalities would result in early detection thereby giving that student advanced warning to seek treatment.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-2016: S.3334 - Referred to Education / A.4826 Referred to Educa- tion; 2014-2013: S.5748 - Referred to Education / A.132 Referred to Education; 2012: A.10293 - Referred to Education   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3244 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 27, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. CUSICK -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring heart exam- inations for students The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 903 of the education law, as 2 amended by chapter 376 of the laws of 2015, is amended to read as 3 follows: 4 1. A health certificate shall be furnished by each student in the 5 public schools upon his or her entrance in such schools and upon his or 6 her entry into the grades prescribed by the commissioner in regulations, 7 provided that such regulations shall require such certificates at least 8 twice during the elementary grades and twice in the secondary grades. An 9 examination and health history of any child may be required by the local 10 school authorities at any time in their discretion to promote the educa- 11 tional interests of such child. Each certificate shall be signed by a 12 duly licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, who 13 is authorized by law to practice in this state, and consistent with 14 subdivision three of section six thousand nine hundred two of this chap- 15 ter, or by a duly licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse 16 practitioner, who is authorized to practice in the jurisdiction in which 17 the examination was given, provided that the commissioner has determined 18 that such jurisdiction has standards of licensure and practice compara- 19 ble to those of New York. Each such certificate shall describe the 20 condition of the student when the examination was made, which shall not 21 be more than twelve months prior to the commencement of the school year 22 in which the examination is required, and shall state whether such 23 student is in a fit condition of health to permit his or her attendance 24 at the public schools. Each such certificate shall also state the 25 student's body mass index (BMI) and weight status category. For purposes EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00311-01-7A. 3244 2 1 of this section, BMI is computed as the weight in kilograms divided by 2 the square of height in meters or the weight in pounds divided by the 3 square of height in inches multiplied by a conversion factor of 703. 4 Weight status categories for children and adolescents shall be as 5 defined by the commissioner of health. Each such certificate shall also 6 state that the student has undergone a heart test such as an electrocar- 7 diogram, and state whether the student is fit to participate in physical 8 education or other physical or athletic activities. In all school 9 districts such physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner 10 shall determine whether a one-time test for sickle cell anemia is neces- 11 sary or desirable and he or she shall conduct such a test and the 12 certificate shall state the results. 13 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.