Please note: That the most recent version of the law may not yet be posted.
All students that are entering the public school system for the first time must receive a physical exam except those who have a religious exemption. The local school authority can require additional exams as deemed necessary. For example, additional examinations might be most beneficial around grade 5 (prior to puberty) and grade 10 (prior to obtaining a driver's license or beginning employment.) Of course, a physical exam prior to participating in sports is always advised.
A parent or guardian objects to the physical exam in writing on the grounds that it is contrary to the child's religious beliefs. Many schools require this document be notarized.
A licensed physician, physician assistant, or advanced registered nurse practitioner can perform the exam.
The McKinney-Vento Act requires that all homeless children be enrolled in school immediately to minimize the disruption to their lives. If possible, medical records can be requested from previous schools and/or primary care providers but children should not be kept from attending school while awaiting those records. If a prior physical exam cannot be documented, a visit with a local healthcare provider should be scheduled as soon as possible. Again, the child cannot be kept from attending school while awaiting this appointment.
Yes, however, the school can conditionally enroll the student if presented with documentation of an appointment for a physical examination within a time determined by the school district.
Yes. If a physical exam was done in another country, we may be unable to ensure that is equivalent to an exam done in this country. In addition, it is important to establish a local primary care provider for all newcomers. The school can conditionally enroll the student if presented with documentation of an appointment for a physical examination within a time determined by the school district.
Community health centers that provide services on a sliding scale.
The NH Department of Health and Human Services may be able to help the family access medical or other assistance, (603) 271-4238.
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