A08186 Summary:

SAME ASNo same as
Amd S903, Ed L
Includes psychological screening for students in public schools as part of the required health certificate.
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A08186 Actions:

10/04/2013referred to education
01/08/2014referred to education
02/26/2014enacting clause stricken
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A08186 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     October 4, 2013
        Introduced by M. of A. MARKEY -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
        AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to including psycholog-
          ical screening for students in public schools as part of the  required
          health certificate
          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 sepa-
     2  rately amended by chapter 281 and section 11 of part B of chapter 58  of
     3  the laws of 2007, is amended to read as 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 any
    14  applicable written practice agreement, or by a duly licensed  physician,
    15  physician  assistant,  or nurse practitioner, who is authorized to prac-
    16  tice in the jurisdiction in which the examination  was  given,  provided
    17  that  the  commissioner has determined that such jurisdiction has stand-
    18  ards of licensure and practice comparable to those  of  New  York.  Each
    19  such  certificate  shall  describe the condition of the student when the
    20  examination was made, which shall not be more than twelve  months  prior
    21  to  the  commencement  of  the  school  year in which the examination is
    22  required, and shall state whether such student is in a fit condition  of
    23  health to permit his or her attendance at the public schools.  Each such
    24  certificate  shall  also  state  that  a  psychological  examination was

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  performed and that the child is mentally fit  to  permit  attendance  at
     2  school.  Each  such certificate shall also state the student's body mass
     3  index (BMI) and weight status category.  For purposes of  this  section,
     4  BMI  is  computed  as  the  weight in kilograms divided by the square of
     5  height in meters or the weight in pounds divided by the square of height
     6  in inches multiplied by a conversion factor of 703. Weight status  cate-
     7  gories  for  children and adolescents shall be as defined by the commis-

     8  sioner of health. In all  school  districts  such  physician,  physician
     9  assistant  or nurse practitioner shall determine whether a one-time test
    10  for sickle cell anemia is necessary or desirable and  he  or  she  shall
    11  conduct such a test and the certificate shall state the results.
    12    §  2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
    13  the date on which it shall have become a law.
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