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First Substitute S.B. 67

Senator Luz Robles proposes the following substitute bill:





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 vision screeners who are trained or supervised by the
             18      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 shall provide vision screening report forms to a person
             42      approved by the division to conduct a free vision screening for children aged 3-1/2 to [seven]
             43      eight.
             44          (b) The report forms shall include the following information for a parent or guardian:
             45      "vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye exam and vision evaluation by an eye
             46      doctor."
             47          [(3)] (4) A school district may conduct free vision screening clinics for children aged
             48      3-1/2 to [seven] eight.
             49          [(4)] (5) (a) The division shall maintain a central register of children, aged 3-1/2 to
             50      [seven] eight, who fail vision screening and who are referred for follow-up treatment.
             51          (b) The register described in Subsection [(4)] (5)(a) shall include the name of the child,
             52      age or birthdate, address, cause for referral, and follow-up results.
             53          (c) A school district shall report referral follow-up results for children aged 3-1/2 to
             54      [seven] eight to the division.
             55          [(5)] (6) (a) The division shall coordinate and supervise the training of a person who
             56      serves as a vision screener for a free vision screening clinic for children aged 3-1/2 to [seven]

             57      eight.
             58          (b) A vision screener providing services under Subsection (6)(a) is not liable for any
             59      civil damages as a result of acts or omissions related to the vision screening unless the acts or
             60      omissions were willful or grossly negligent.
             61          [(6)] (7) (a) Except as provided in Subsection [(6)] (7)(b), a licensed health
             62      professional providing vision care to private patients may not participate as a screener in a free
             63      vision screening program provided by a school district.
             64          (b) A school district may:
             65          (i) allow a licensed health professional who provides vision care to private patients to
             66      participate as a screener in a free vision screening program for a child [eight] nine years of age
             67      or older;
             68          (ii) establish guidelines to administer a free vision screening program described in
             69      Subsection [(6)] (7)(b)(i); and
             70          (iii) establish penalties for a violation of the requirements of Subsection [(6)] (7)(c).
             71          (c) A licensed health professional or other person who participates as a screener in a
             72      free vision screening program described in Subsection [(6)] (7)(b):
             73          (i) may not market, advertise, or promote the licensed health professional's business in
             74      connection with providing the free screening at the school; and
             75          (ii) shall provide the child's results of the free vision screening on a form produced by
             76      the school or school district, which:
             77          (A) may not include contact information other than the name of the licensed health
             78      professional[.]; and
             79          (B) shall include a statement: "vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye
             80      exam and vision evaluation by an eye doctor."
             81          (d) A school district may provide information to a parent or guardian of the availability
             82      of follow up vision services for a student.
             83          [(7)] (8) The Department of Health shall[,]:
             84          (a) by rule, set standards and procedures for vision screening required by this chapter[,
             85      and shall], which shall include a process for notifying the parent or guardian of a child who
             86      fails a vision screening or is identified as needing follow-up care; and
             87          (b) provide the division with copies of rules, standards, instructions, and test charts

             88      necessary for conducting vision screening.
             89          [(8)] (9) The division shall supervise screening, referral, and follow-up required by this
             90      chapter.

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