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S.B. 67 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Luz Robles

House Sponsor: Rebecca P. Edwards

             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:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             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.
             32          [(1)] (2) A child under [seven] eight years of age entering school for the first time in
             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[. As used in this section,
             37      "division" means the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, State Office of
             38      Education]; or
             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.
             41          [(2)] (3) (a) The division:
             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 [seven] eight; and
             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
             54      doctor."
             55          [(3)] (4) A school district may conduct free vision screening clinics for children aged
             56      3-1/2 to [seven] eight.
             57          [(4)] (5) (a) The division shall maintain a central register of children, aged 3-1/2 to

             58      [seven] eight, who fail vision screening and who are referred for follow-up treatment.
             59          (b) The register described in Subsection [(4)] (5)(a) shall include the name of the child,
             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
             62      [seven] eight to the division.
             63          [(5)] (6) (a) The division shall coordinate and supervise the training of a person who
             64      serves as a vision screener for a free vision screening clinic for children aged 3-1/2 to [seven]
             65      eight.
             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.
             69          [(6)] (7) (a) Except as provided in Subsection [(6)] (7)(b), a licensed health
             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 [eight] nine years of age
             75      or older;
             76          (ii) establish guidelines to administer a free vision screening program described in
             77      Subsection [(6)] (7)(b)(i); and
             78          (iii) establish penalties for a violation of the requirements of Subsection [(6)] (7)(c).
             79          (c) A licensed health professional or other person who participates as a screener in a
             80      free vision screening program described in Subsection [(6)] (7)(b):
             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

             86      professional[.]; and
             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.
             91          [(7)] (8) The Department of Health shall[,]:
             92          (a) by rule, set standards and procedures for vision screening required by this chapter[,
             93      and shall], which shall include a process for notifying the parent or guardian of a child who
             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.
             97          [(8)] (9) The division shall supervise screening, referral, and follow-up required by this
             98      chapter.

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