Text: HSB121            Text: HSB123


House Study Bill 122

HOUSE FILE BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES BILL BY CHAIRPERSON MILLER) A BILL FOR 1 An Act providing for vision screening for school children. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: TLSB 2014HC (2) 85 je/nh PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. NEW SECTION. 135.39D Vision screening. 1 2 1. By January 1 after the start of the school year that a 1 3 child enrolls in kindergarten and by January 1 after the start 1 4 of the school year that a child enrolls in grade three, in 1 5 a public or nonpublic school, the parent or guardian of the 1 6 child shall present to school personnel certification that the 1 7 child within the previous twelve months has undergone an eye 1 8 examination, and the results of the examination. 1 9 2. The requirement for an eye examination may be satisfied 1 10 by any of the following: 1 11 a. A vision screening or comprehensive eye examination by a 1 12 licensed ophthalmologist or licensed optometrist. 1 13 b. An eye chart screening conducted at a pediatrician's 1 14 or family practice physician's office, a free clinic, or the 1 15 child's school. 1 16 c. An online vision screening through a program approved by 1 17 the director. An online vision screening may be conducted by 1 18 a child's parent or guardian. 1 19 3. A child shall not be prohibited from attending school 1 20 based upon the failure of a parent or guardian to present to 1 21 school personnel the documentation required by subsection 1. 1 22 4. The department shall establish procedures to contact 1 23 parents or guardians of children in need of vision correction 1 24 based on the results of an eye examination required under 1 25 subsection 1 in order to provide information on obtaining 1 26 necessary vision correction. The department shall consider use 1 27 of the statewide immunization registry or a private contractor 1 28 as a means of identifying and contacting the parents or 1 29 guardians of such children. 1 30 5. The department shall adopt rules to administer this 1 31 section. 1 32 EXPLANATION 1 33 This bill requires the parent or guardian of a child in 1 34 a public or nonpublic school to present certification that 1 35 the child within the previous 12 months has undergone an eye 2 1 examination, and the results of the examination, to school 2 2 personnel by January 1 after the start of the school year that 2 3 the child enrolls in kindergarten and by January 1 after the 2 4 start of the school year that the child enrolls in grade three. 2 5 The eye examination requirement may be satisfied by a vision 2 6 screening or comprehensive eye examination by a licensed 2 7 ophthalmologist or licensed optometrist; an eye chart screening 2 8 conducted at a pediatrician's or family practice physician's 2 9 office, a free clinic, or the child's school; or an online 2 10 vision screening through a program approved by the director of 2 11 the department of public health, which may be conducted by a 2 12 child's parent or guardian. 2 13 The bill specifies that a child cannot be prohibited from 2 14 attending school based upon the failure of a parent or guardian 2 15 to present the required documentation to school personnel. 2 16 The bill requires the department of public health to 2 17 establish procedures to contact parents or guardians of 2 18 children in need of vision correction based on the results of 2 19 an eye examination required by the bill in order to provide 2 20 information on obtaining necessary vision correction. The 2 21 bill directs the department to consider use of the statewide 2 22 immunization registry or a private contractor as a means of 2 23 identifying and contacting the parents or guardians of such 2 24 children. LSB 2014HC (2) 85 je/nh
Text: HSB121            Text: HSB123