Health Screening at
HEARING AND VISION:
All students new to
In addition, all students in grades K-3, 5, 7 and 9 are screened annually for vision and hearing. Any student who does not meet State requirements will be referred for professional evaluation.
The School Nurse Organization of Washington (SNOW) believes that while schools are an appropriate setting for many types of health screenings, decisions about the efficacy and cost/benefit ratio of any such screenings must be based on current knowledge and research. The routine screening of asymptomatic adolescents for idiopathic scoliosis has been a controversial topic for many years. However, it is clear from current research that the risks of school based scoliosis screening programs exceed the potential benefits. Therefore, SNOW recommends repeal of the statute requiring schools to screen students for scoliosis, and supports efforts to assist students who might have scoliosis in other ways, such as working to ensure that all families have a medical home.
SNOW recognizes that there are several ways to help assist students who may have scoliosis other than mandated screening programs. SNOW supports the following efforts:
• Educate parents on ways to identify signs and symptoms of scoliosis
• Educate school staff on ways to identify signs and symptoms of scoliosis
• Continue to provide scoliosis screening by the school nurse on a referral basis
• Continue efforts to assure that all families have a medical home
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Health Screening, please contact the District Nurse.