The Texas Department of State Health Services requires that students in designated grades who attend public, private or charter schools be screened for specific conditions that could impact their ability to learn or impact their heath and well being in the future. The state-required screenings will be performed during the school year by a Registered Nurse who has received additional training and certification to perform these screenings.
A screening is not a diagnostic test and can not identify the specific problem or suggest treatment options. A screening is a very simple test and can indicate if a student would benefit from further evaluation. Any potential problems or concerns identified during the screening will be reported to the parent/guardian and the student will be referred to a professional for further evaluation.
Vision and Hearing Screenings
Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 7th grade
Type II Diabetes Risk Assessment (AN) Acanthosis Nigricans
1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 7th grade
Acanthosis Nigricans is a skin condition that signals high insulin levels in the body. It appears as a light brown or black, velvety, rough or thickened lesion on the surface of the skin. It can be found on the neck, armpits, and over the knuckles. Children who have the Acanthosis Nigricans marker on their skin may be at-risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. The AN marker does not mean the student has diabetes. A student who is identified as having evidence of the marker will be referred to their health care provider for evaluation.
Postural or Spinal Screenings
5th and 8th grade
Parents of students in Grades 5 and 8 should receive a letter from the campus nurse with the screening date scheduled at your child's campus at least two weeks prior to the screening date.
Growth and Development
Classes are taught on growth and development and human sexuality starting in 4th grade. As our children grow and enter puberty, they need help understanding those changes that take place. In 4th and 5th grade we start with a short video on body changes that occur. Each year after 5th grade, additional information is added. Every campus has a slightly different presentation. You will be notified prior to the class. Please call your school nurse or counselor with any questions.