Children who cannot see, hear, or are growing improperly may be having difficulty learning. Have your child seen by a physician when he or she fails a screening.
Massachusetts School Health law (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.000) requires schools to provide regular health screenings for students. Also required is a follow up with the results of these screenings with families and referrals to primary health care providers as necessary. In addition, comprehensive physical exams are required on entrance to school and in Grades K, 4, 7, and 10. For details on screenings, see below:
SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use: This screening takes place in 7th and 10th grades.
Vision and Hearing: Vision and hearing screening is done yearly in grades K through 5, and in grades 7 and 10. Parents will be notified of any problems that necessitate a medical follow-up. Vision and hearing screening is also offered to preschool students.
Postural Screening: The state of Massachusetts mandates that all students in grades 5 through 9 be screened for scoliosis. Your child's posture will be screened beginning in the fifth grade. Physician referrals will be made as needed.
Growth Screening: Heights and weights are measured and body mass index (BMI) is calculated on children in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. *Parents/guardians may waive this screening by submitting a written request to the school nurse.