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A03244 Summary:

BILL NOA03244
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03150
 
SPONSORCusick
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 903, Ed L
 
Requires heart examinations for public school students.
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A03244 Actions:

BILL NOA03244
 
01/27/2017referred to education
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A03244 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3244
 
SPONSOR: Cusick
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring heart examinations for students   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Requires heart examinations for public school students.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 903 of the education law is amended to add that health certificates furnished by each student upon entrance into public schools shall include a statement that the student has undergone a heart test, such as an electrocardiogram. Furthermore, it shall state that the student is fit to participate in physical education or physical athletic activities. Section 2. Effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Under current law, a student must submit a health certificate upon entrance to public school. This is required upon his or her entry into the grades prescribed in regulations by the commissioner, which requires such certificates at least twice during the elementary grades and twice in the secondary grades. An examination and health history of any child may also be required by the local school authorities at any time in their discretion to promote the educational interests of such child. Each certificate shall describe the condition of the student when the examination was made, which shall not be more than twelve months prior to the commencement of the school year in which the examination is required, and it shall state whether such student is in a fit condition of health to permit his or her attendance at the public school. The tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) occurs in individuals under 40 years of age more often than most would guess. According to a CNN study, over 400,000 young adults are affected by SCD each year. Requiring students to be screened for heart abnormalities when they go to their doctor for their school physical would show if there are any rhythm disturbances of the heart as well as abnormalities in size, thickness and functions of the left ventricle, aortic valve and aorta. Determining the presence of any of these conditions could result in the saving of a young life. Physical exertion associated with competitive sports and other physical athletic activities exacerbates these conditions and can result in an untimely death of a student. This legislation would add to the required health certificate, proof that the student has undergone a heart test, such as an electrocardio- gram, which states whether that student is fit to participate in phys- ical education and physical athletic activities. Furthermore, screening the heart for any abnormalities would result in early detection thereby giving that student advanced warning to seek treatment.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-2016: S.3334 - Referred to Education / A.4826 Referred to Educa- tion; 2014-2013: S.5748 - Referred to Education / A.132 Referred to Education; 2012: A.10293 - Referred to Education   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A03244 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          3244
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 27, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. CUSICK -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
 
        AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring heart exam-
          inations for students
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section  903 of the education law, as
     2  amended by chapter 376 of the laws  of  2015,  is  amended  to  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    1.  A  health  certificate  shall  be furnished by each student in the
     5  public schools upon his or her entrance in such schools and upon his  or
     6  her entry into the grades prescribed by the commissioner in regulations,
     7  provided  that such regulations shall require such certificates at least
     8  twice during the elementary grades and twice in the secondary grades. An
     9  examination and health history of any child may be required by the local
    10  school authorities at any time in their discretion to promote the educa-
    11  tional interests of such child. Each certificate shall be  signed  by  a
    12  duly licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, who
    13  is  authorized  by  law  to  practice in this state, and consistent with
    14  subdivision three of section six thousand nine hundred two of this chap-
    15  ter, or by a duly licensed  physician,  physician  assistant,  or  nurse
    16  practitioner, who is authorized to practice in the jurisdiction in which
    17  the examination was given, provided that the commissioner has determined
    18  that  such jurisdiction has standards of licensure and practice compara-
    19  ble to those of New York.   Each such  certificate  shall  describe  the
    20  condition  of the student when the examination was made, which shall not
    21  be more than twelve months prior to the commencement of the school  year
    22  in  which  the  examination  is  required,  and shall state whether such
    23  student is in a fit condition of health to permit his or her  attendance
    24  at  the  public  schools.  Each  such  certificate  shall also state the
    25  student's body mass index (BMI) and weight status category. For purposes

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00311-01-7

        A. 3244                             2
 
     1  of this section, BMI is computed as the weight in kilograms  divided  by
     2  the  square  of  height in meters or the weight in pounds divided by the
     3  square of height in inches multiplied by a  conversion  factor  of  703.
     4  Weight  status  categories  for  children  and  adolescents  shall be as
     5  defined by the commissioner of health.  Each such certificate shall also
     6  state that the student has undergone a heart test such as an electrocar-
     7  diogram, and state whether the student is fit to participate in physical
     8  education or other  physical  or  athletic  activities.  In  all  school
     9  districts  such  physician,  physician  assistant  or nurse practitioner
    10  shall determine whether a one-time test for sickle cell anemia is neces-
    11  sary or desirable and he or she  shall  conduct  such  a  test  and  the
    12  certificate shall state the results.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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