Code of the District of Columbia

§ 38–602. Examination requirements; certificates of health, testing for lead poisoning and dental health.

(a)(1) Except as provided in § 38-603, each student attending prekindergarten through grade 12 in a public, public charter, private, or independent school in the District of Columbia shall furnish the school annually with a certificate of health completed and signed by a physician or advanced practice nurse who has examined the student during the 12-month period immediately preceding the 1st day of the school year or the date of the student’s enrollment in the school, whichever occurs later. The examination shall cover all items required by the certificate of health form for the student’s particular age group.

(2) If a minor student is utilizing a religious exemption for vaccinations or is opting out of receiving the Human Papillomavirus vaccine, but the minor student is receiving vaccinations under section 600.9 of Title 22-B of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (22-B DCMR § 600.9), the health care provider shall leave blank part 3 of the immunization record, and submit the immunization record directly to the minor student's school. The school shall keep the immunization record received from the health care provider confidential; except, that the school may share the record with the Department of Health or the school-based health center.

(a-1) Upon entry of a student under 6 years of age into a licensed day care center, Head Start or similar early childhood program, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade in a public or private school in the District, the student shall furnish the school with a certificate of testing for lead poisoning.

(b) The Mayor shall establish requirements for periodic testing for lead poisoning and dental examinations. The Mayor shall also establish requirements for the submission of certificates of testing for lead poisoning for the students subject to the provisions of subsection (a-1) of this section, and submission of certificates of dental health for elementary and secondary school students.

(c) The Mayor shall develop standard forms for certificates of health, testing for lead poisoning, and dental health, and shall make blank forms available in sufficient quantities to carry out the purposes of this subchapter. The certificate of health form shall contain, at a minimum, the following:

(1) All items required by the American Academy of Pediatrics for each relevant age group; and

(2) A plain language explanation of the following:

(A) Body mass index;

(B) How to access health insurance programs; and

(C) How to contact school nurses.

(d) Except as provided in § 38-603, the Mayor may require that prekindergarten, elementary, and secondary school students who participate in special programs or have been exposed to certain hazards meet examination requirements in addition to those established by this subchapter.

(Dec. 3, 1985, D.C. Law 6-66, § 3, 32 DCR 6086; Oct. 15, 1993, D.C. Law 10-29, § 2(a)-(c), 40 DCR 5752; July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 605, 57 DCR 4779; Mar. 16, 2021, D.C. Law 23-193, § 3, 67 DCR 14774.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2402.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-209 rewrote subsecs. (a) and (c).