Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 20-34-3-21.

Synopsis: Student health measurements. Requires each school corporation to: (1) report certain student health data for students in grades 3, 5, and 7 to the state department of health beginning in 2011; and (2) inform the students' parents of the data collected and the right to obtain the data. Requires the state department of health to: (1) develop materials for the school corporation to distribute concerning body mass index; and (2) publish an annual report summarizing the data collected by the school corporations. Requires the state department of health and the state board of education to adopt joint rules to implement these provisions.

Effective: July 1, 2011.


    January 5, 2011, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.


First Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2011)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-34-3-21; (11)IN0198.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-34-3-21 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 21. (a) Beginning in 2011, each school corporation shall collect and record the height, weight, ethnicity, age, and sex of the school corporation's students in the following grades:
        (1) Grade 3.
        (2) Grade 5.
        (3) Grade 7.
The school corporation shall annually report the information collected under this subsection to the state department of health.
    (b) The school corporation shall inform in writing the parent or guardian of a student described in subsection (a) that the information concerning the student was collected and that the parent or guardian may obtain the information from the school the student attends upon request.
    (c) A school corporation shall report data collected under subsection (a) according to rules adopted under this section.
    (d) Data may not be reported under this section in a way that makes students personally identifiable.
    (e) The data collected under this section may not be recorded on:
        (1) a child's report card;
        (2) a child's transcript; or
        (3) another document from which an individual other than the child's family or school personnel could determine the identity of the child.
    (f) The state department of health shall publish and make available to the public an annual report summarizing data collected under this section.
    (g) The state department of health shall develop materials for school corporations to distribute that include the following:
        (1) An explanation of body mass index.
        (2) The limitations of body mass index as a measure.
        (3) The need to interpret body mass index on an individual basis.
    (h) The state department of health and the state board shall adopt joint rules under IC 4-22-2 to implement this section.
The rules must include the following:
        (1) Information regarding the importance of accurate measurements and the collection of measurements for improving children's health.
        (2) Procedures for the measurement of children in a respectful and dignified manner.