Routine health assessments are done each fall for students. If a parent, teacher or child has a specific concern at other times during the school year, vision and hearing screenings can be done at their request.
Growth assessment (height and weight measurement) is done for all students in grades RK - 6. This year, Body Mass Index (BMI) was calculated and reported to parents with their child's corresponding percentile and risk category for developing weight related diseases.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommend using BMI to screen for overweight children beginning at 2 years old. However, BMI is not a diagnostic tool alone. Further assessment by a healthcare provider would help to determine if excess fat is a problem. Skinfold thickness measurement, evaluation of diet, physical activity, and family history are other appropriate considerations when determining a child's risk of health problems from overweight.
Vision screening is done for students in grades 1, 3, 5, and 7. New students entering RK and K are also screened if they were missed during spring Kindergarten Registration. Color vision is tested at third grade. Those students enrolled in the Driver's Education course are also screened during those classes. Students that are referred for a professional vision evaluation based on the screening results may be eligible for financial assistance with the exam and/or glasses if recommended.
Hearing screening is done for students in grades K, 2, 4, and 6. Students may be referred for a re-test in January, when available, through Public Health. Occasionally, students need to see a hearing specialist. These students are referred to the spring Otology Clinic where they are seen by a hearing specialist at no cost.