Posted Date: 08/27/2018
Health Services Director
Irene Rosales MSN, RN
Each school year, students in 7th grade and new students are screened for vision and hearing problems. Postural screenings will be conducted this year on female students ages 10 and 12 years of age and male students age 14 according to new state regulations. Before vision is conducted it is important that parents are informed, vision screening is not a substitute for an eye examination.
A screening examination is a very general test that is designed to detect possible problems. For vision screening, students are shown a vision-testing chart and asked to read letters or identify symbols from a distance. If they are unable to do so, parents will receive a letter advising that your child should see an eye doctor, optometrist/ophthalmologist.
For hearing screening, students listen to tones with headphones. If they fail to respond to those tones, they are retested in approximately 2 to 3 weeks. This allows for illnesses that may be interfering with hearing to resolve. If the student is still unable to pass the hearing screening, parents are sent a letter advising that they make an appointment with the child’s doctor for a thorough evaluation.
The postural screenings consist of a simple observation of the back, as well as feeling the spine: first standing, and then bending forward. The female student is asked to bring a one piece swimsuit since the nurse will asked the student to remove their blouses/shirts. The nurse looks for unevenness of the shoulder, hips, or one side of the back. Boys and girls are screened separately. At the conclusion of the screening program, if a defect in posture is detected parents will be notified and the student will have a second screening before referring.
Screenings will start in September and will be conducted until completed. For more information please contact your school nurse.
Veronica V. Luna RN, BSN