SENATE BILL No. 198
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
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
First Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2011)
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SENATE BILL No. 198
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
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
(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
(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.