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HEALTH SCREENINGS

The district health staff will perform the following state-required health screenings.  If you do not wish the district health staff to perform the screenings, you may substitute a professional examination by a health care provider of your choice.  Please contact your campus clinic assistant for further instructions.  The results of these screenings may indicate that your child may need diagnostic evaluation beyond the school capabilities.  Referrals to physicians are made as needed.  Parents are urged to obtain appropriate medical care following a school screening referral.  

 

VISION & HEARING SCREENINGS

These screenings are required for students in Headstart, PK, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th grades, as well as all students new to Texas schools.

 

SCOLIOSIS (SPINAL) SCREENING

In order to identify unnatural curvatures of the spine, this screening is required for all students in 5th & 8th grades.  

 

ACANTHOSIS NIGRICANS SCREENING

The 77th Texas Legislature passed legislation requiring school districts to screen students in 1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th grades for Acanthosis Nigricans (AN).  AN is a skin marker which may indicate pre-diabetes.  AN is a light brown or black, velvety, rough, or thickened area or “marker” on the surface of the skin (usually on the neck).  The presence of AN may signal high insulin levels, which puts a person at risk for stroke, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes.  

 

***All of these state-required screenings are documented in TxEIS and a report is sent to the State of Texas each year.