Pennsylvania state-mandated health screenings are conducted yearly in the fall by the district nurses. The results of these screenings are sent to parents and a recommendation for further evaluation is given when a problem is detected.
Near and Far Vision: All grades, every year
Color, Stereo Depth & Plus Lens Vision: Grades 1 and 2
Hearing: Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, 11
Scoliosis: Grades 6 & 7
Height & Weight: All grades, every year
Body Mass Index: All grades, every year
The Body Mass Index (BMI), developed by the Centers for Disease Control, is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems in children. The BMI is calculated from body weight adjusted for height, age and gender. It is used to help determine whether a child is within a normal growth pattern, overweight, at risk of becoming overweight or underweight. Referral to your family physician for further evaluation is recommended for children who have a BMI outside the normal range less than the 5th percentile and greater than the 85th percentile.
It is important to keep in mind that this is only a screening and your child's health care provider is the best person to evaluate whether or not your child's measurements are within a healthy range.