Vision & Hearing Screening
Students in 7th grade will be screened in late September. Any students who fail hearing or vision screening will be given a written notification for referral to a physician. These letters will be sent home with the student in mid-October.
Acanthosis Nigricans Screening
Students in 7th grade will be screened for a dark skin discoloration on the back of the neck which is a marker for Type II Diabetes. This screening is done during Vision and Hearing Screening. Written notification will be sent home in mid-October.
Students in 8th grade will be screened for abnormal spinal curves, as required by House Bill 832. The purpose of spinal screening is to detect abnormalities such as scoliosis or kyphosis early, during the growth spurt of adolescence, so that treatment can begin if necessary.
School nurses who have been specially trained as screeners will look at your child’s back while standing and bending. Boys and girls will be screened on separate days. Screening will be done in the clinic allowing for student privacy. To properly screen for spinal abnormalities, all students must remove their shirt during the exam. Screening will take place mid-October. Girls may wear a halter/sport/tube top underneath their regular shirt on exam day. Parents will be notified only if a professional follow-up is indicated.
If your child is currently under a physician’s care for a spinal abnormality, please submit a parent note prior to the screening date. A physician note to verify that your child is receiving treatment is requested as soon thereafter as possible. This information will be placed in your student’s health record.