The following screenings are required by the state of Texas; any problems identified will be reported to a parent/guardian.
Vision Screenings: Distance Acuity will be checked in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 7th grade, and any student new to WCISD. Students will be asked to read an age-appropriate and Texas approved chart on the wall.
Hearing Screenings: Pure-tone audiometric sweep-check hearing will be checked in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 7th grade, and any student new to WCISD. Students will be asked to raise their hand or give a response when a tone is heard.
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Spinal Screenings: School-based spinal screening helps to identify adolescents with abnormal spinal curves and refer them for appropriate follow-up by their primary care physician. Screening can detect scoliosis at an early stage when the curve is mild and may go unnoticed. Early detection is key to controlling spinal deformities.
In compliance with the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children shall undergo screening for abnormal spinal curvature in accordance with the following schedule:
- Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 (or fall semester of grade 5) and again at age 12 (or fall semester of grade 7).
- Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14 (or fall semester of grade 8).
Acanthosis Nigricans: 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and 7th grade will be screened for Acanthosis Nigricans, a condition that signals high levels of insulin in the body. This screening is done by looking at and feeling the skin on the back of the neck. If the first screening is positive, it will be followed by checking height, weight, and blood pressure.
Students may also have vision or hearing screened at the request of their teacher or the Special Education department. Parents may request a screening at any time, simply call your school nurse or stop by the health room.