House Bill 83 requires every public school and charter school to provide students that are enrolled in kindergarten but who have not been seen by a dentist by time of school enrollment with an oral health screening by the end of the school year.
The Division of Public Health (DPH), through the Delaware Smile Check Program, offers school-based oral screenings, at no cost to the school districts, schools, including charter schools, or the students and their parents. This Act takes effect for the 2024-2025 school year.
Notification to the primary teacher and parent or guardian must be done within 7 school days of the screening and a copy of the oral health screening results sent home. A referral to a dentist, if required, will be provided by the Bureau of Oral Health and Dental Services.
|House Bill 83 – Oral Health Screening in Kindergarten||Currrent Status – House Education 3/14/23|
|House Sponsors – Williams, Baumbach, Griffith, Heffernan, Johnson, Lambert, Morrison, Neal, Osienski, Wilson-Anton||Senate Sponsors – McBride, Gay, Hansen, Hoffner, Mantzavinos, Pinkney, Sokola, Sturgeon, Walsh // Hocker, Wilson|
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