HOUSE BILL 1377







                        52nd Legislature

                      1991 Regular Session



Passed by the House March 12, 1991

  Yeas 96   Nays 1




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate April 12, 1991

  Yeas 46   Nays 0




President of the Senate



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.









Governor of the State of Washington



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1377 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                                      Chief Clerk











                        Secretary of State   

                       State of Washington  




                                  HOUSE BILL 1377



                     Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Representatives Peery, Cole, G. Fisher, Betrozoff, Miller and Jacobsen; by request of Board of Health.


Read first time January 28, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Health Care.Revising provisions for the screening program for scoliosis.

     AN ACT Relating to the screening program for scoliosis; amending RCW 28A.210.180, 28A.210.190, and 28A.210.200; and repealing RCW 28A.210.230.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 28A.210.180 and 1990 c 33 s 201 are each amended to read as follows:

     The legislature recognizes that the condition known as scoliosis, a lateral curvature of the spine commonly appearing in adolescents, can develop into a permanent, crippling disability if left untreated. Early diagnosis and referral can often result in the successful treatment of this condition and greatly reduce the need for major surgery.  Therefore, the purpose of RCW 28A.210.180 through 28A.210.250 is to recognize that a school screening program is an invaluable tool for detecting the number of adolescents with scoliosis.  It is the intent of the legislature to insure that the superintendent of public instruction provide and require screening of children for the condition known as scoliosis ((of all children in the highest risk age group, grades 5 through 10)), to ascertain which, if any, of these children have defects requiring corrective treatment.


     Sec. 2.  RCW 28A.210.190 and 1990 c 33 s 202 are each amended to read as follows:

     As used in RCW 28A.210.180 through 28A.210.250, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

     (1) "Superintendent" means the superintendent of public instruction of public schools in the state, or the superintendent's designee.

     (2) "Pupil" means a student enrolled in the public school system in the state.

     (3) "Scoliosis" includes idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis.

     (4) "Screening" means an examination to be performed ((on all pupils in grades 5 through 10)) for the purpose of detecting the condition known as scoliosis((, except as provided in RCW 28A.210.230)).

     (5) "Public schools" means the common schools referred to in Article IX of the state Constitution and those schools and institutions of learning having a curriculum below the college or university level as now or may be established by law and maintained at public expense.


     Sec. 3.  RCW 28A.210.200 and 1990 c 33 s 203 are each amended to read as follows:

     The superintendent shall provide for and require the ((yearly)) examination of ((all)) children attending public schools ((in grades 5 through 10, except as provided in RCW 28A.210.230,)) at least three times between grades four and eleven in accordance with procedures and standards adopted by rule of the state board of health in cooperation with the superintendent of public instruction and the department of health.  The examination shall be made by a school physician, school nurse, qualified licensed health practitioner, or physical education instructor or by other school personnel.  Proper training of the personnel in the screening process for scoliosis shall be provided by the superintendent.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.      RCW 28A.210.230 and 1990 c 33 s 206 & 1985 c 216 s 6 are each repealed.