Session of 2000
By Committee on Appropriations

  9             AN  ACT concerning the secretary of health and environment; concern-
10             ing proof of inoculations by pupils; requiring hepatitis B inoculations.
12       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
13             Section  1. (a) Every pupil enrolling or enrolled in kindergarten for
14       the first time in this state and each child enrolling or enrolled for the first
15       time in a middle school subsequent to the effective date or this act, shall
16       present to the appropriate school board certification from a physician or
17       local health department that the pupil has received the hepatitis B series
18       of inoculations. Pupils who have not completed the required series of
19       inoculations may enroll or remain enrolled while completing the required
20       series of inoculations if a physician or local health department certifies
21       that the pupil has received the most recent appropriate inoculation in the
22       required series. Failure to timely complete all required series shall be
23       deemed noncompliance.
24             (b) As an alternative to the certification required under subsection
25       (a), a pupil shall present:
26             (1) An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating
27       the physical condition of the child to be such that the inoculations would
28       seriously endanger the life or health of the child; or
29             (2) a written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the
30       child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings
31       are opposed to such inoculations.
32             (c) On or before May 15 of each school year, the school board of
33       every school affected by this act shall notify the parents or guardians of
34       all known pupils who are enrolled or who will be enrolling in the school
35       of the provisions this act and any policy regarding the implementation of
36       the provisions of this act adopted by the school board.
37             (d) If a pupil transfers from one school to another, the school from
38       which the pupil transfers shall forward with the pupil's transcript the
39       certification or statement showing evidence of compliance with the
40       requirements of this act to the school to which the pupil transfers.
41             (e) A county, city-county or multicounty health department shall pro-
42       vide without delay and to the extent that funds are available the inocu-
43       lations required by this act to such pupils as are not provided therewith


  1       by their parents or guardians and who have not been exempted on relig-
  2       ious or medical grounds. Such inoculations may be provided on a sliding
  3       fee scale for administrative charges with the exception that no child may
  4       be denied inoculations for inability to pay an administrative fee. The local
  5       health officer shall counsel and advise school boards concerning the ad-
  6       ministration of this section.
  7             (f) The secretary shall prescribe the content of forms and certificates
  8       to be used by school boards in carrying out this section and shall provide,
  9       without cost to the school boards, sufficient copies of this act for distri-
10       bution to pupils. Schools shall utilize the reporting form adopted by the
11       secretary for documentation of all immunizations. Audit information shall
12       be obtained from this adopted form. The secretary may adopt such rules
13       and regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.
14        Sec.  2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
15       publication in the statute book.