COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 131

June 25, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Transmittal of the Statement of Administrative Impact and Projected Costs of Implementation for the Proposed Regulations Governing the Scoliosis Screening Program for Public Schools.

 

As part of its responsibility for promulgating new regulations or revisions to existing regulation, the Board of Education is required to develop a statement of administrative impact and projected cost of implementing and complying with such regulations on school divisions. The Board and the Department of Education are required to send a copy of the statement to each division superintendent. (Refer to Section 22.1-17 of the Code of Virginia).

 

The scoliosis regulations are required as a result of

HB 1834 passed by the 2003 session of the General Assembly. The full text of the Proposed Regulations Governing the Scoliosis Screening Program for Public Schools is available on the internet at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/Health/home.html

 

The purpose of the regulations is to require school divisions to do one of the following:

1.                      provide information on Scoliosis to parents of students in grades 5 through 10 or

 

2.                      to implement a scoliosis screening program for students in grades 5 through 10 or

 

3.                      to implement a scoliosis screening program for students in selected grades 5 through 10 and provide information on Scoliosis to parents of students in grades 5 through 10 not selected for screening.

 

In addition, school boards implementing a scoliosis program of regular screening shall provide training for personnel who may conduct the screening. Qualified licensed medical practitioners shall conduct training of school personnel. Practitioners may use various training methods including, but not limited to, in-person training, video instruction, or review of a training manual. The Department of Education will provide training methods and educational materials that school divisions could adopt.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE IMPACT

 

The Proposed regulations governing the Scoliosis Screening Program for Public Schools would protect the health and welfare of public school students by identifying students with spinal deformities that may cause impairment of the bodys range of motion and endurance, cause back pain, or impair functions of other parts of the body. The proposed regulations would also provide parents with educational information on Scoliosis that emphasizes and makes them aware of the importance of early identification and the need for treatment if necessary.

 

PROJECTED COST

 

The cost of the Scoliosis Screening Program for school divisions would depend on the following options.

1.       If the division provides information on Scoliosis to parents of students in grades 5 through 10, the financial impact would be the cost of paper supplies for parental notification and educational information.

 

2.       If the division implements a Scoliosis Screening Program for students in grades 5 through 10, the cost will be in paper supplies for parental notification and parental educational information. In addition, there will be cost for training selected school personnel and purchase of screening tools.

 

3.       If the division provides a Scoliosis Screening Program for selected grades in grades 5 through 10, the cost would be in paper supplies for parental notification and training of school personnel. For students in grades that are not screened, the cost would be in paper supplies for parental educational information.

 

School divisions will be informed of the public comment period for these regulations. If you have any questions, please contact Gwen P. Smith, school health specialist, at gsmith@mail.vak12ed.edu or (804) 786-8671.

 

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