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Substitute House Bill No. 5794

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-229

AN ACT CONCERNING SCOLIOSIS SCREENING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 10-214 of the general statutes, as amended by sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each local or regional board of education shall provide annually to each pupil in kindergarten, grades one to six, inclusive, and grade nine, a vision screening, using a Snellen chart, or equivalent screening. The superintendent of schools shall give written notice to the parent or guardian of each pupil who is found to have any defect of vision or disease of the eyes, with a brief statement describing such defect or disease.

(b) Each local or regional board of education shall provide annually audiometric screening for hearing to each pupil in kindergarten to grade three, inclusive, grade five and grade eight. The superintendent of schools shall give written notice to the parent or guardian of each pupil found to have any impairment or defect of hearing, with a brief statement describing such impairment or defect.

(c) Each local or regional board of education shall provide ANNUAL postural screenings for each pupil in grades five [and eight] TO NINE. The superintendent of schools shall give written notice to the parent or guardian of each pupil who evidences any postural problem, with a brief statement describing such evidence.

(d) Test results or treatment provided as a result of the screenings pursuant to this section shall be recorded on forms pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-206.

(e) The State Board of Education, with the technical advice and assistance of the Department of Public Health, shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 for screenings pursuant to this section.

Approved June 6, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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