Health Screenings

Certain screenings are mandated by the Texas Department of Health and will be conducted on designated age groups.  If a problem is identified, you will be notified and referred for further medical evaluation, if needed.

Vision and Hearing Screening.  This is mandated for all preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th graders and new-to-district students.  Additionally, students who show signs of vision or hearing difficulty (any grade) may be screened to rule out a problem.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like your child screened at any time during the  school year.

Spinal Screening.  Students in the 5th and 8th grades will be evaluated for abnormal spinal curves.  Early detection is important so that treatment can be provided before any permanent physical deformity or limitation of activity occurs.  Parents will be notified of the screening dates by letter and newspaper announcement.

Acanthosis Nigricans Screening.  "Acanthosis Nigricans" is a skin condition that signals high insulin levels in the body.  It is believed that persons with this marker may run the risk of developing diabetes and other conditions in the future.  Taking immediate action may help defray or prevent the health conditions associated with high insulin levels.  Students in the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades will be screened for this condition.

Height and Weight. This is done in conjunction with the other screens to identify the student who is not growing and developing normally.