posted on Dec, 19 2010 @ 06:53 AM
I have found myself in the middle of a battle with the Principal and Nurse at my child's public school, and it is about to escalate to including the
school board. At this point I am going to post the policy in question, which appears to be the most pressing issue at this point, but not the only
issue. If this belongs somewhere else, I apolgize - please move as necessary, as I wasn't sure where to put this.
My child went to the public school here for the first 5 years of their life, moved and attended a different public school system, and came back 4.5
years later to the original public school system.
A copy of my child's last physical info, which was done 2 years prior and immunization records, which were/are 100% current, was sent along with
records from our previous school. Now that we’ve been here for almost a year (my child completed last year & entered the next grade this year), the
school says, according to state law, my child has to have a physical and basically that this was to have been done before we entered school last
My child had a physical over the summer, so this is NOT the issue.
State law specifies a physical must be obtained “prior to or upon first entry into the public school system”. Last year was not my child's
“first entry” into this states public school system. I have verified that neither the school nor the school district has any additional policies
of their own regarding school physical requirements, though the law provides them with the right to do this - they adhere only to the state law that I
They have sent me one letter regarding this matter thus far, basically trying to bully me into providing them with the results from my child's
physical, which, according to my interpretation of the law, they have no right to. They mention that they took it upon themselves to telephone our
pediatrician to try to obtain this on their own (without my consent) and were told that I would have to authorize the release of such info, though
they were given my child's updated immunization records, which they already have minus the non-required shot my child had over the summer. They
confirmed that my child did have a physical, the date of the physical and that there are no restrictions via the telephone with our pediatrician, so
they know my child has had a physical.
What do you all think?
Are they just being nosey, pushing my boundaries or I am obligated to bend to their will? Again, this is not my child's “first entry into the
public school system” not only in this state, but this particular school?
State law reads that a student must submit a physical exam form "prior to or upon first entry into the public school system". When it comes to law,
it is my undestanding that language is very specific. The word "first" could only mean "first". If that word "first" was not included, I would
be obligated to comply.
To fill you in just a tiny bit, last year, I was told by the nurse that it "was not a requirement" but she would "like (for my child) to have
one." Now, they are saying that I am not complying with state laws!
I am just looking for your input - it all seems so blown out of proportion & I don't know how its gotten to this point. Part of me wonders if I
should just give them what they want & feels that I am being unnecessarily difficult. If they had just sent me a request last year, I would've
complied without even thinking about it.
The issue is that they are not following the state laws regarding this matter, and they are requesting something of me that they have no right to
request, according to the law. The issue is that the more we let people take away our rights, the less rights we’ll have. If they wanted to legally
require this of me or any other student, they could, provided they create their own policies to specify such requirements in addition to the state