POLICY MANUAL

Physical Examinations of Students - Policy JHCA

A. No pupil shall be admitted for the first time to any public kindergarten or elementary school in Lynchburg City School Division unless such pupil furnishes, prior to admission,

(1) a report from a qualified licensed physician, or a licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant acting under the supervision of a licensed physician, of a comprehensive physical examination of a scope prescribed by the State Health Commissioner performed within the 12 months prior to the date such pupil first enters such public kindergarten or elementary school; or

(2) Records establishing that such pupil furnished such report upon prior admission to another school or school division and providing the information contained in such report.

B. If the pupil is a homeless child or youth as defined in Va. Code § 22.1-3, and for that reason cannot furnish the required report or records, and the person seeking to enroll the pupil furnishes to the school division an affidavit so stating and also indicating that, to the best of his knowledge, such pupil is in good health and free from any communicable or contagious disease, the school division shall immediately refer the student to the division’s homeless liaison, who will, as soon as practicable, assist in obtaining the necessary physical examination by the local health department or other clinic or physician's office and shall immediately admit the pupil to school.

C. The health care provider making a report of a physical examination shall, at the end of such report, summarize the abnormal physical findings, if any, and shall specifically state what, if any, conditions are found that would identify the child as handicapped.

D. Physical examination reports shall be placed in the child's health record at the school and shall be made available for review by any employee or official of the State Department of Health or any local health department at the request of such employee or official.

E. A physical examination shall not be required of any child whose parent or guardian objects on religious grounds and who shows no visible evidence of sickness. The parent or guardian shall state in writing that, to the best of his or her knowledge, the child is in good health and free from any communicable or contagious disease.

F. The health departments of the counties and cities of the Commonwealth shall conduct such required physical examinations for medically indigent children, upon request, without charge and may provide such examinations to others on such uniform basis as the departments establish.

G. Parents/guardians of students entering school shall complete a health information form as required by state law. Such forms shall be returned within 15 days of receipt unless reasonable extensions have been granted by the Superintendent or his designee. Upon failure of the parent to complete such form within the extended time, the Superintendent may send the parent written notice of the date he intends to exclude the child from school; however, no child who is a homeless child or youth as defined in subdivision 6 of Va. Code § 22.1-3 shall be excluded from school for such failure to complete such form.

Adopted: April 19, 2016

Legal Refs.:

Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, § 22.1-270.

Cross Refs.:

JEC - School Admission
JECA - Admission of Homeless Students

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