Massachusetts General Law requires that certain health Screenings be done in school. In the early fall, all students in grades K – 5, 7 and 10 will have their hearing and vision tested. The parent of any student failing the screening will be notified and given the appropriate referral.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has recommended that all children have their Body Mass Index (BMI) monitored periodically. The BMI can be used as a guideline to predict the risk for future health problems and be further evaluated by your child’s physician. The BMI is easily calculated using the height and weight measurements obtained in your child’s screening.
Massachusetts General Law requires that every student in grades 5 – 9 be screened for scoliosis each year. The School Nurses and Physical Education Teachers have all been trained in this process. The screening will take place throughout the school year during your child’s Physical Education class time. Letters will be sent home to all parents/guardians prior to the screening. School Nurse will notify parents/guardians if the child should have a follow up screening with their physician.
In 2017 Massachusetts Legislator enacted requirements for public schools. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) focuses on prevention, early detection, risk assessment, brief counseling and referral for assessment that can be utilized in the school setting. Use of a validated screening tool will enable school health teams to detect risk for substance use related problems and brief intervention strategies will help to address these concerns at an early stage in adolescents. This screening will be conducted in grades 7 and 9.