Tuesday • February 9, 2021
Upcoming Vote on HCPSS/Horizon Foundation Student BMI Data Collection Program
By Steven Keller
This Thursday (February 11), the HCPSS Board of Education will vote on approval of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for “Student Health Data Sharing Agreement between HCPSS and Horizon Foundation” to support Body Mass Index (BMI) screening in Kindergarten and 8th grade. The proposed MOU can be found here.
The program will require all students whose parents do not explicitly opt-out their child to have their Body Mass Index measured by either an HCPSS nurse or a Horizon Foundation-provided nurse and have their data shared & analyzed with the Horizon Foundation, with the stated goal of facilitating student health policy decision making based on the trends of the aggregated HCPSS student body BMI data.
Here are some video clips from the September 19, 2019 HCPSS Board of Education meeting, where the Board discussed this issue: