The last mandated screening set forth by the state of Texas is a Spinal Screening. This screening is performed on ALL 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys. As a certified professional, I will check your child for signs of spinal problems such as scoliosis. Catching a spinal problem early can make the treatment much easier. Untreated spinal issues can lead to serious health problems in the future. The screening is simple, I will look at your child's back while he or she stands and then bends forward. The school will issue you a letter if your child does not pass the screening, informing you how to follow-up with your medical provider.
Important Recommendations for the Spinal Screenings:
- Girls should wear a thin t-shirt, a sports bra or a tank top underneath their shirt on exam day.
- Boys and girls will be screened separately and one at a time.
If you do not wish to have your child screened for spinal irregularities due to religious reasons, you must submit an exemption to the school no later than Wednesday, February 3.
If your child is already under medical care for spinal issues, I need a note stating the condition.