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Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) Screening for 9th Graders: 

Tuesday, October 17, Tuesday, February 6, & Tuesday, May 15

SBIRT is a public health approach to delivering early intervention to anyone who uses alcohol and/or drugs in unhealthy ways. Its components are:

Screening - Short, well-tested questionnaire identifies risk (such as the ASSIST, the CRAFFT, the AUDIT, the DAST, etc.)

Brief Intervention - Short, structured conversations that feature feedback and options for change

Referral - For in-depth assessment and/or diagnosis and/or treatment, if needed

Treatment - Between 1% and 10% may need some level of treatment - depending on the health care setting.

About SBIRT in Schools

Because school nurses and counselors are uniquely positioned to discuss substance use among young people, it is recommended that schools allow for opportunities for appropriately trained staff to reinforce prevention, screen for substance use, provide counseling and make referrals as necessary to all adolescents.  Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) focuses on prevention, early detection, risk assessment, brief counseling and referral intervention that can be utilized in the school setting. Use of a validated screening tool enables school nurses and counselors to detect risk for substance use-related problems and to address them at an early stage in adolescence.

Massachusetts Mandated Hearing, Vision, & Growth Screening:
Thursday, November 9 for all 10th graders

In accordance with the Mass Department of Public Health (MDPH), schools are required by law to perform vision, hearing, height, weight and body mass index (BMI) screenings for students in grade 1, 4, 7 & 10. 

Vision and Hearing Screening

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 completed in conjunction with BMI screening at NAHS during grade 10 English classes in January of each school year.

Body Mass Index Program

The purpose of the screening program is to give parents additional information about their child’s weight status and ideas for living a healthy life. BMI is a measurement that is used to show a person’s “weight for height for age.” It is calculated using a formula that includes an individual’s height and weight. Just like a blood pressure reading or an eye screening test, a BMI can be a useful tool in identifying possible health risks. BMI does not tell the whole story about a child’s health status. BMI does not distinguish between fat and muscle. For example, if a child is very athletic and has a lot of muscle, his or her BMI may be high even though he or she is not overweight. That is why parents are encouraged to share the results with their child’s health care provider and have them explain the results of their child’s BMI screening. They are in the best position to evaluate a child’s overall health.  
If you prefer not to have your child participate in the BMI Screening Program, please send a written note to the Health Office.

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