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First Substitute S.B. 67
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:
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 approved by the division to conduct a free vision screening for children aged 3-1/2 to [
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
48 3-1/2 to [
51 (b) The register described in Subsection [
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
56 serves as a vision screener for a free vision screening clinic for children aged 3-1/2 to [
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.
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 [
67 or older;
68 (ii) establish guidelines to administer a free vision screening program described in
69 Subsection [
70 (iii) establish penalties for a violation of the requirements of Subsection [
71 (c) A licensed health professional or other person who participates as a screener in a
72 free vision screening program described in Subsection [
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
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.
84 (a) by rule, set standards and procedures for vision screening required by this chapter[
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.
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