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Screening Guidelines for Schools

Schools are required by Massachusetts General Law to provide health screenings for students (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.000) and follow up with the results of these screenings with families and referrals to primary health care providers as necessary.

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.

Heights and Weights: The state of Massachusetts mandates that height, weight, and Body Mass Indexes (BMI) be calculated on children in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10 (or of comparable age). Parents will be notified of the results.

Parents and guardians may waive this student screening by submitting a written request to the school nurse.