Yesterday, HB 13 passed a second reading as tweeted out by Policy Watch’s Lindsay Wagner:
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) March 18, 2015
A health assessment shall include a medical history and physical examination with screening for vision and hearing and, if appropriate, testing for anemia and tuberculosis. Vision screening shall be conducted in accordance with G.S. 130A‑440.1. The health assessment may also include dental screening and developmental screening for cognition, language, and motor function. The developmental screening of cognition and language abilities may be conducted in accordance with G.S. 115C‑83.5(a).
The changes and additions to the language in the bill give me pause.
Every parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis shall submit proof of a health assessment for each child in this State
entering kindergarten inwho is presented for admission into kindergarten or a higher grade in the public schools shall receive a health assessment.for the first time.
The health assessment transmittal form shall be permanently maintained in the child’s official school record.
I’ve never seen this assessment form before and it is frankly incredibly invasive. Much of that form is none of the state’s business. All I needed to enroll my child in Wake County was to show proof of his age, our address and their vaccinations. None of the Wake County enrollment packets require such invasive health data.
State statute § 115C-364 says all you need is the birth certificate.
The changes to this bill are arguably asking for the collection and storage of health related biometric data, which is in violation of SB 815 that was signed into law in 2014.
- HB 13 Bill History
- NC General Assembly Statues regarding Schools and Education
- Article 25 – Admission and Assignment of Students
- NC Board of Education School Age Entry Requirements
- FERPA – Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act
Wake County Schools Enrollment Packets: