Northside Independent School District Health Services Department Student Screening Information
The state of Texas mandates school districts to screen students in several areas. The following screenings will take place during the school year.
Vision and Hearing Screening-Pre-K, Kinder, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade. For 2nd and 4th grade, students new to the district will be screened. Pre-K and Kinder will be screened in the first semester of the school year. For students in 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th, the screening will take place anytime within the school year. If a student does not pass the initial vision or hearing screening, a second screening will take place in approximately 2-4 weeks. If a student does not pass the second screening, a referral letter will be sent home by the school nurse.
Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes (visual screening of the neck)-1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders. Acanthosis Nigricans is a skin marker (usually seen on the back of neck) associated with high insulin levels and is considered a risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes. Students found to have the skin marker will be individually assessed for height, weight, and blood pressure and a written referral with the results of the assessment will be sent home by the school nurse.
Spinal Screening (visual screening of the back)- School nurses will check the students for signs of spinal problems such as Scoliosis. This screening usually occurs during the first semester of the school year. Girls are screened at age 10 or during the fall semester of 5th grade and again at age 12 or during the fall semester of 7th grade. Boys are screened at age 13 or 14 or during the fall semester of 8th grade. Catching a spinal problem early can make the treatment much easier and may prevent serious health issues. The screener will look at the student’s back while he/she stands and bends forward. If a student does not pass the screening, a referral form will be sent home by the school nurse.
Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year:
- Parents will be notified by the campus nurse when screenings will take place for their child’s grade level for in-person learning.
- The school nurse will call to set up an appointment (date/time) with the parents of those students who are receiving virtual instruction. Students will be brought to campus so the nurse can complete the required screenings.
- In lieu of the screening(s) provided by the school:
- 1. Parents or guardians may provide a recent screening record signed by a licensed professional.
- 2. The Texas Department of State Health Services allows parents or guardians to provide a signed statement that the vision, hearing or spinal screening conflicts with the tenets and practices of a church or religious denomination of which the affiant is an adherent or member.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact your campus nurse.