Health Screening at Lakewood School District

 

HEARING AND VISION:

All students new to Lakewood School District will be screened for hearing and vision upon admission to the district.  

 

In addition, all students in grades K-3, 5, 7 and 9 are screened annually for vision and hearing.   Any student who does not meet State requirements will be referred for professional evaluation. 

 

SCOLIOSIS SCREENING:

 In July of 2010 the Washington State Legislature repealed the law (WAC 246-762) for Scoliosis screening in schools.   This decision was made based on the recommendation of the School Nurse Association of Washington:

 

The School Nurse Organization of Washington (SNOW) believes that while schools are an appropriate setting for many types of health screenings, decisions about the efficacy and cost/benefit ratio of any such screenings must be based on current knowledge and research. The routine screening of asymptomatic adolescents for idiopathic scoliosis has been a controversial topic for many years. However, it is clear from current research that the risks of school based scoliosis screening programs exceed the potential benefits. Therefore, SNOW recommends repeal of the statute requiring schools to screen students for scoliosis, and supports efforts to assist students who might have scoliosis in other ways, such as working to ensure that all families have a medical home.

 

SNOW recognizes that there are several ways to help assist students who may have scoliosis other than mandated screening programs. SNOW supports the following efforts:

 

• Educate parents on ways to identify signs and symptoms of scoliosis

• Educate school staff on ways to identify signs and symptoms of scoliosis

• Continue to provide scoliosis screening by the school nurse on a referral basis

Support American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) efforts to add scoliosis screening to the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association sports physical form

• Continue efforts to assure that all families have a medical home

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Health Screening, please contact the District Nurse. 

Last Modified on April 6, 2011
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