Annually, in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 64F-6.003 and s. 381.0056, F.S ., the school nurse conducts required health screenings. Parents are notified in advance of the following screenings and have the option to decline or consent to each service:
- Hearing and Vision- Grades K, 1, 3, and 6
- Growth and Development Screening (height and weight)- Grades 1, 3, and 6
- Scoliosis- Grade 6
If a student does not pass the vision, hearing or scoliosis screening, a referral letter will be sent home indicating that further examination and corrective measures are needed. Health screening information is confidential.
The Importance of School Health Screenings
School health screenings are helpful in detecting issues that may interfere with student learning. Hearing and vision tests are important because difficulties with these senses are often subtle and difficult to detect. Early detection and interventions are key.
Scoliosis, the most common spinal abnormality, is a side-to-side curve of the spine. It is usually detected in childhood or early adolescence. Screening for scoliosis in 6th grade is to detect signs of spinal curvature at the earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined.