WEST virginia legislature
2020 regular session
House Bill 4546
By Delegates Atkinson, Bartlett, Cooper, Dean Ellington, Evans, J. Kelly, Lavender-Bowe, Westfall and Higginbotham
[Introduced January 27, 2020; Referred to the Committee on Education then Health and Human Resources]
A BILL to amend and reenact 18-4-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to tuberculosis testing for school superintendents; removing requirement for biennial screenings; and adding permissive screenings based upon suspicion of exposure.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 4. COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.
§18-4-2. Qualifications; health certificate; disability; acting superintendent.
(a) Each county superintendent shall hold a professional administrative certificate endorsed for superintendent, or a first class permit endorsed for superintendent, subject to the following:
(1) A superintendent who holds a first class permit may be appointed for one year only, and may be reappointed two times for an additional year each upon an annual evaluation by the county board and a determination of satisfactory performance and reasonable progress toward completion of the requirements for a professional administrative certificate endorsed for superintendent;
(2) Any candidate for superintendent, assistant superintendent or associate superintendent, who possesses an earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education and either has completed three successful years of teaching in public education or has the equivalent of three years of experience in management or supervision as defined by state board rule, after employment by the county board shall be granted a permanent administrative certificate and shall be a licensed county superintendent;
(3) The state board shall promulgate a legislative rule in accordance with §29A-3B-1 et seq. of this code, to address those cases where a county board finds that course work needed by the county superintendent who holds a first class permit is not available or is not scheduled at state institutions of higher education in a manner which will enable the county superintendent to complete normal requirements for a professional administrative certificate within the three-year period allowed under the permit; and
(4) Any person employed as assistant superintendent or educational administrator prior to June 27, 1988, and who was previously employed as superintendent is not required to hold the professional administrative certificate endorsed for superintendent.
(b) In addition to other requirements set forth in this section, a county superintendent shall meet the following health-related conditions of employment:
(1) Before entering upon the discharge of his or her duties, file with the president of the county board a certificate from a licensed physician certifying the following:
(A) A tuberculin skin test, of the type Mantoux test (PPD skin test), approved by the Director of the Division of Health, has been made within four months prior to the beginning of the term of the county superintendent; and
(B) The county superintendent does not have tuberculosis in a communicable state based upon the test results and any further study;
After completion of
the initial test, the county superintendent shall have an approved tuberculin
skin test once every two years or more frequently if medically indicated. The
commissioner may require selective testing of superintendents for tuberculosis
when there is reason to believe that they may have been exposed to the tuberculosis
organism or they have signs and symptoms indicative of the disease. The county
superintendent should contact the local health department in instances where
they have reason to suspect that they have been exposed to tuberculosis or have
symptoms indicative of the disease. Positive reactors to the skin test are
to be referred immediately to a physician for evaluation and indicated
treatment or further studies;
(3) A county superintendent who is certified by a licensed physician to have tuberculosis in a communicable stage shall have his or her employment discontinued or suspended until the disease has been arrested and is no longer communicable; and
(4) A county superintendent who fails to complete required follow-up examinations as set forth in this subsection shall be suspended from employment until a report of examination is confirmed.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove requirement for biennial tuberculosis screenings for county superintendents; and add permissive screenings upon based upon suspicion of exposure.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.