Pennsylvania Public School Code, Article XIV, Section 1402 requires that students receive health screenings at certain grades 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.
Notification that a child has failed the vision screening and a referral for further evaluation will be mailed when all district screenings are completed.
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.