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S.B. 67 Enrolled
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the health examinations required in public schools.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . extends the public school vision screening from age seven to age eight;
14 . requires a public school that performs vision screening to develop a process to
15 notify a parent or guardian if a child fails the vision screening or needs follow-up
16 care; and
17 . provides limited immunity to volunteer vision screeners who are trained or
18 supervised by the State Office of Education;
19 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 53A-11-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 273
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 53A-11-203 is amended to read:
29 53A-11-203. Vision screening.
30 (1) As used in this section, "division" means the Division of Services for the Blind and
31 Visually Impaired, State Office of Education.
33 this state must present the following to the school:
34 (a) a certificate signed by a licensed physician, optometrist, or other licensed health
35 professional approved by the division, stating that the child has received vision screening to
36 determine the presence of amblyopia or other visual defects[
39 (b) a written statement signed by at least one parent or legal guardian of the child that
40 the screening violates the personal beliefs of the parent or legal guardian.
42 (i) shall provide vision screening report forms to a person approved by the division to
43 conduct a free vision screening for children aged 3-1/2 to [
44 (ii) may work with health care professionals, teachers, and vision screeners to develop
45 protocols that may be used by a parent, teacher, or vision screener to help identify a child who
46 may have conditions that are not detected in a vision screening, such as problems with eye
47 focusing, eye tracking, visual perceptual skills, visual motor integration, and convergence
48 insufficiency; and
49 (iii) shall, once protocols are established under Subsection (3)(a)(ii), develop language
50 regarding the vision problems identified in Subsection (3)(a)(ii) to be included in the notice
51 required by Subsection (3)(b).
52 (b) The report forms shall include the following information for a parent or guardian:
53 "vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye exam and vision evaluation by an eye
56 3-1/2 to [
59 (b) The register described in Subsection [
60 age or birthdate, address, cause for referral, and follow-up results.
61 (c) A school district shall report referral follow-up results for children aged 3-1/2 to
64 serves as a vision screener for a free vision screening clinic for children aged 3-1/2 to [
66 (b) A volunteer vision screener providing services under Subsection (6)(a) is not liable
67 for any civil damages as a result of acts or omissions related to the vision screening unless the
68 acts or omissions were willful or grossly negligent.
70 professional providing vision care to private patients may not participate as a screener in a free
71 vision screening program provided by a school district.
72 (b) A school district may:
73 (i) allow a licensed health professional who provides vision care to private patients to
74 participate as a screener in a free vision screening program for a child [
75 or older;
76 (ii) establish guidelines to administer a free vision screening program described in
77 Subsection [
78 (iii) establish penalties for a violation of the requirements of Subsection [
79 (c) A licensed health professional or other person who participates as a screener in a
80 free vision screening program described in Subsection [
81 (i) may not market, advertise, or promote the licensed health professional's business in
82 connection with providing the free screening at the school; and
83 (ii) shall provide the child's results of the free vision screening on a form produced by
84 the school or school district, which:
85 (A) may not include contact information other than the name of the licensed health
87 (B) shall include a statement: "vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye
88 exam and vision evaluation by an eye doctor."
89 (d) A school district may provide information to a parent or guardian of the availability
90 of follow up vision services for a student.
92 (a) by rule, set standards and procedures for vision screening required by this chapter[
94 fails a vision screening or is identified as needing follow-up care; and
95 (b) provide the division with copies of rules, standards, instructions, and test charts
96 necessary for conducting vision screening.
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