The school health staff will perform the following state-required health screenings. If you do not wish the school health staff to perform the screenings, you may substitute a professional examination by a health care provider of your choice.
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.
Vision and Hearing Screening
These screenings are required for students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 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 and 8th grades.
Acanthosis Nigricans Screening
The 77th Texas Legislature passed legislation requiring school districts to screen students in 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades for Acanthosis Nigricans (AN), 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) that may signal high insulin levels, which puts a person at risk for stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.