Two bills are flying through the NC General Assembly unchallenged right now. One is a vaccination bill, which I’ll write about later today. The other is HB 13, titled, Amend School Health Assessment Requirement.
I wrote about this bill once before and given the speed with which this bad bill is flying through the General Assembly, I find the need to write about it again. Yesterday, it passed the first reading in the Senate and was referred to the Rules committee.
Let me stress this point: The health assessment document being mentioned in this bill is incredibly invasive. It includes medical data that is none of the school system or state’s business — it is information that should be between your family and your doctor.
An argument could be made for HIPPA and FERPA violations. However, without a doubt, this assessment and permanent retention of it in the student’s record is violating state statute 115C-402.5 (c). [See the current state statutes and previous health assessment bills here.]
This health assessment was apparently developed by the NC Department of Public Instruction and the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Note that this health assessment document at some point was revised from the less invasive version that Charlotte-Mecklenburg is using on their website as of March 2015.
See the document yourself below.