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Screening Information


SCHOOL HEALTH SCREENING PROGRAMS- Students are screened according to the Texas State Board of Education Rules and the school health programs mandated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

ACANTHOSIS NIGRICANS SCREENING- All seventh grade students will be screened for a skin marker around the neck that potentially indicates high insulin levels in the body. High insulin levels create a potential risk for the future development of Type II Diabetes. Students who have the skin marker will also be weighed and measured, and have their blood pressure taken. The school nurse will contact and send a referral letter to the parents/guardians if medical evaluation is recommended.

VISION AND HEARING SCREENING- All seventh grader students, all new students entering school from out-of-state, and all students who are referred for special education programs will be screened by the school nurse for vision and hearing abnormalities. The school nurse will contact and send a referral letter to the parents/guardians if any abnormality is noted.

SPINAL SCREENINGS- All seventh grade GIRLS and all eighth grade BOYS will be screened in the fall. School nurses who have been specially trained will look at your child’s back while he/she stands and then bends forward. For this examination, boys and girls will be screened separately and individually. To properly screen for spinal abnormalities, all students must remove their shirt for this exam. For this reason females are requested to wear halter/sport top or swim suit top under their shirt on exam day. Parents will be notified of results only if follow-up with a physician is necessary.


In each screening program, parents/guardians who receive a referral letter are asked to schedule an appointment with their physician/specialist. The referral letter should be completed and signed by the physician/specialist and returned to the school nurse. If assistance is needed from community agencies or other resources, please contact the school nurse.

pp 59-67  Student/Parent handbook

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