A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS RECEIVE INFORMATION ANNUALLY ABOUT EATING DISORDERS AND TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT GUIDELINES ON A SCREENING PROGRAM FOR USE BY LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION.
Amends GS 115C-12 to require the State Board of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, to develop guidelines for local boards o education on the development and implementation of an eating disorder screening program, inclding specifying training needs and requirements, appropriate opt out and exemption procedures, and parental notification procedures for positive indications of an eating disorder.
Amends GS 115C-47 to require local boards of education to adopt policies to ensure that students in seventh through 12th grades and their parents receive annual information about the symptoms, treatment, and health risks associated with eating disorders. Allows for the development of an optional screening program to identify students at risk for eating disorders.
Amends GS 115C-238.29F, GS 115C-548, GS 115C-556, GS 115C-565 to require the Department of Public Instruction to ensure that information is available to schools, charter schools, nonpublic schools, and home schools, so that they can provide students in seventh through 12th grade with information about eating disorders.
Provides that within 60 days of the act becoming effective, and annually thereafter, the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, must provide sample educational information about the symptoms, treatment, and health risks associated with eating disorders to (1) local school administrative units, (2) the Department of Public Instruction, and (3) the Division of Nonpublic Education, Department of Administration. Applies beginning with 2013-14.
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