Screening is a traditional part of school health services. It centers on vision and hearing, since impairment of these senses can interfere with learning. In addition to vision and hearing screening, Florida Statute 381.0056(6)(e) requires growth and development and scoliosis screening as well. The mandatory grade levels are listed below:
- Vision screening – provided to students in grades KG, 1, 3, and 6. Vision screening will also be performed on all students entering Florida schools for the first time in grades KG through 5, and at the request of the classroom teacher or parent.
- Hearing screening – provided to students in grades KG, 1, and 6. Hearing screening will also be performed on all students entering Florida schools for the first time in grades KG through 5.
- Growth and development screening with BMI – provided to students in grades 1, 3, and 6.
- Scoliosis screening – provided to students in grade 6.
All students who do not pass their screening will be referred for further examination and corrective measures. If you are in need of a health care provider for your child, please contact your school nurse.
If you do not want your child to participate in any of these screenings and wish your child not be screened, you must notify your school nurse in writing before the assigned screening date. Please ask your child’s school for the date or dates of the scheduled screenings.