State Health Screenings performed in public schools:
Vision: This exam is performed with the student standing 10 feet or 20 feet (depending on the card used) away from a Snellen Letter chart. They cover each eye while attempting to read the letters on the chart. If the student "fails" his/her initial vision exam, they will be re-examined a second time using the Letter chart again.
Also, if there is an ocular movement problem, the eye can be further examined using a pen light and a cover card. There is nothing painful about this exam. If the student "fails" his/her second exam, a referral letter will be mailed home suggesting the student be examined by a physician.
Hearing: This exam is performed with the student sitting in a chair and by placing the Audiometer earphones on. A "Sweep check" is performed at an intensity of 25dB(or less) at the following frequencies: 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 Hertz. If the student "fails" any one of the frequencies in either ear, he/she will be re-examined at a later date. If the second Sweep check reveals another "failing" result, an Extended Recheck will be performed and a letter of referral will be mailed home suggesting the student be examined by a physician.
Scoliosis: This exam is performed by having the student go into a private room and remove their shirt. Females are asked to be sure to wear a bra or bathing suit top that day. The curvature of the spine is then assessed by having the student bend forward, turn to each side, and stand erect with their arms at their sides. If an abnomality is found, a scoliometer is then used to measure the degree of curvature. Any abnomality is assessed a second time or by another certified Scoliosis screener for verification. If there is a spinal curvature greater than 5 degrees, a letter of referral will be mailed home suggesting the student be examined by a physician.
Acanthosis Nigricans: This exam is performed by simply looking at the back of the neck, armpits, or over the knuckles. Acanthosis Nigricans appears on the skin as light brow-black, velvety, rough or thickened areas. As a part of this screening, height/weight/and blood pressure is evaluated.
Dental Screenings: The Colgate Company sends out their van yearly to perform dental screenings on all of the elementary students. Education is a big part of their program and referrals are sent home with the students if a problem is seen.
All screenings are done in a professional and confidential manner. At all times is the students dignity and modesty kept in the highest interest of the screeners. These screenings are meant to identify those students with a potential health problem. Any problem identified will always be referred to the parent/guardian to have a physician examine further. If a parent or guardian is unable to afford a physicians examination, there are programs the school has contact with that can help with the expenses. In no way, shape, or form do we feel the screening process should take precedence over a physicians evaluation or treatment.