School Health Screenings

Health Screening Requirements

Florida Statute 381.0056 requires that health screenings be conducted at grade levels KG, 1st, 3rd, and 6th.  Nurses from the St. Johns County School District, in conjunction with trained school personnel and volunteers, conduct the screenings.  Below are the grade level screenings:

  • Vision:  Students in kindergarten, first, third and sixth grades
  • Hearing:  Students in kindergarten, first and sixth grades
  • Body Mass Index (BMI):  Students in first, third and sixth grades
  • Scoliosis:  All sixth grade students

If a student does not pass the vision, hearing or scoliosis screening, a referral letter will be sent home indicating that further examination and corrective measures are needed.  Health screening information is confidential and the results are filed in each student’s cumulative folder.

Parents will be notified by their school when screenings will take place. If you do not want your child to participate in any of the mandated screenings and wish your child not be screened, you must notify your child’s school nurse in writing before the assigned screening date.

The Importance of School Health Screenings

School health screenings are often the best way to detect problems that interfere with students’ education.  The hearing and vision tests are important because difficulties with these senses are often subtle, and neither parents, teachers nor children may even recognize that a problem exists.  For example, a child who has difficulty reading the blackboard may not know that she is seeing differently from anyone else.

The purpose of the screening for scoliosis in sixth grade is to detect signs of spinal curvature at the earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined.  Scoliosis, the most common spinal abnormality, is a side-to-side curve of the spine.  It is usually detected in childhood or early adolescence.

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