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Health Screenings   

Pennsylvania Public School Code, Article XIV, Section 1402 requires that students receive health screenings at certain grade levels.

Vision:

Annually - grades Kindergarten through grade 12

Hearing:

Annually - grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 7, and 11

Height and Weight:
(including calculation of Body Mass Index)

Annually - grades Kindergarten through grade 12

Scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine): 

Grades 6 and 7

(The sixth grade screening is generally done by the child's physician as part of the mandated physical exam.)

Parents or teachers may request additional screenings at any time,
if a problem is suspected.

Parent Notification: 

Current guidelines recommend that school nurses notify parents/guardians every year of the results of their child's vision screening.  Notification that a child has failed the vision screening and referral for further evaluation is generally sent at the time of screening.  Notification that a child has passed the vision screening is sent after all students have been screened, usually sometime after the beginning of second semester. 

Revised growth screening procedures recommend that school nurses notify parents/guardians of the results of the yearly growth screening, including height and weight measurement and BMI for Age percentile.  These results, along with an explanation of BMI are sent after all students have been screened.  For more information on BMI, refer to "Growth Information" on this web site.





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