Is Tuberculosis Testing in Schools Required?

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California Education Code Section 49406 governs employees of school districts and the requirement for tuberculosis testing.  The code requires that no one shall initially be  employed without first having a TB test.  The requirement further spells out that the test must be conducted by a licensed physician or surgeon.

Education Code Section 49406.  (a) Except as provided in subdivision (h), no person shall be initially employed by a school district in a certificated or classified position unless the person has submitted to an examination within the past 60 days to determine  that he or she is free of active tuberculosis, by a physician and surgeon licensed under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 2000) of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code.  This examination shall consist of an approved intradermal tuberculin test, which, if positive, shall be followed by an X-ray of the lungs.

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