STUDENT HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION CHECKUPS

 

Students enrolling in kindergarten (or the beginning grade), students entering the seventh grade or students transferring to any grade in the district from out of state shall have a physical examination by a licensed physician within six months prior to entrance and provide proof of such an examination to the school district.†

 

Students enrolling in kindergarten (or the beginning grade) or students transferring to any grade in the district from out of state shall also have a visual acuity examination, including tests for amblyopia, strabismus, and internal and external eye healthfrom a physician, physicianís assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, or optometrist within six months prior to entrance and provide proof of such an examination to the school district.

 

A certificate of health stating the results of a physical examination and signed by the physician, assistant physician or registered nurse shall be on file at the attendance center.

 

Students enrolling in the school district shall also submit proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, and chicken pox (varicella) as required by law. The student may be admitted conditionally to the attendance center if the student has not yet completed the immunization process but is in the process of doing so. Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for suspension, expulsion or denial of admission.

 

Exemptions or temporary waivers from the immunization requirement in this policy will be allowed only for medical, military or religious reasons recognized under the law.

 

The studentís parent or guardian shall be notified in writing of their right to submit a written statement refusing such examinations or immunizations for the student and shall be provided with a telephone number or other contact information to assist the parent or guardian in receiving information regarding free or reduced-cost visual evaluations for low-income families who qualify.

 

During the first quarter of each school year the district will provide for inspections of all students for defective sight and hearing, dental defects and any other conditions as specified by the Department of Health and Human Services.† Parents will be promptly notified of any condition requiring professional attention.† Any student enrolling during the school year after these inspections will have such an inspection made immediately upon entrance.† Any student showing symptoms of any contagious or infectious disease shall be sent home as soon as practicable and the principal notified of the circumstances.

 

Building principals are authorized to require a physician's statement in the case of a pupil who has been absent, more than five consecutive days.† Students will be excused from

 

Approved _______________ Reviewed _______________ Revised ________________

physical education or assigned to reduced participation upon the recommendation of a physician.† The school district will not assume the liability for the cost of diagnosis or treatment of any injuries incurred in physical education, or any form of athletics.

 

The superintendent shall annually file a report on behalf of the board by November 15 to the Department of Health and Human Services summarizing the immunization status of the districtís students as required.

 

Legal Reference: ††††††††††††††††††† Neb. Statute 79-214

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††† 79-217 to 223

†††††††† 79-248 et seq.

Title 173 NAC 3

 

Cross Reference: ††††††††††††††††††† 403.02 Child Abuse Reporting

503 †††† Student Attendance

506.10 Student Physicals for Athletics

508 †††† Student Health and Well‑Being