Bill Summary for H 13 (2015-2016)

Summary date: 

Mar 18 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 13 (Public) Filed Wednesday, January 28, 2015
AN ACT TO REQUIRE EACH CHILD PRESENTED FOR ADMISSION INTO THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE FIRST TIME TO SUBMIT PROOF OF A HEALTH ASSESSMENT; TO REQUIRE THAT ABSENCES DUE TO THE FAILURE TO PRESENT THE HEALTH ASSESSMENT TRANSMITTAL FORM NOT RESULT IN SUSPENSIONS AND TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO MAKE UP THE WORK MISSED; TO SPECIFY WHAT INFORMATION SHALL BE INCLUDED ON THE HEALTH ASSESSMENT TRANSMITTAL FORM AND WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE FORM; AND TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TO AMEND THE HEALTH ASSESSMENT TRANSMITTAL FORM AND TO REPORT TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
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House amendment #1 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Changes the long title.

Amends GS 130A-440 to provide that a child cannot be suspended for absences accrued for failure to present the required health assessment transmittal form after the termination of 30 calendar days. Also provides that the child will be allowed to make up any work missed pursuant to GS 115C-390.2(1).

Amends GS 130A-441 to provide that the health assessment transmittal forms are only open to inspection by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Public Instruction, or their authorized representatives. Further requires the persons inspecting the forms to maintain the confidentiality of the forms.

Enacts new GS 115C-390.2(l), which requires boards of education policies to state that absences under GS 130A-440 concerning health assessments are not considered as suspensions. Requires students subject to such absences to be provided (1) the opportunity to take textbooks home for the duration of the absence; (2) the right to receive all missed assignments and, as much as practicable, the materials distributed to students in connection with assignments; and (3) the opportunity to take any quarterly, semester, or grading period examinations missed during the absence period. 

House amendment #2 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Amends GS 130A-440 to require the health assessment to be submitted in 60 (was, 30) days and provides that if a health assessment form has not been submitted, after proper notice of deficiency, after the termination of 60 calendar days (was, 30 days), then the principal cannot allow the child to attend school.

Amends GS 130A-441, concerning reporting requirements for health assessment results, requiring the principal to submit health assessment status reports within 90 days (was, 60 days) after the commencement of a new school year. 

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