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Health Screenings

In the fall of each school year, physicals are conducted in grades 1, 6, and 11, as well as a scoliosis screening in grades 6, 7 and 8.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to have this examination done by their family physician, (at their own expense), as this provides continuity in the child’s medical care.  If your child will be seen by your family physician and is in 1st, 6th, or 11th grade, please print the form, have your physician complete it and mail or fax the completed form to the school. This will become a permanent part of your child’s school record.  If you choose to have the school physician complete the physical in school, there will be a notice sent home with your child/ren with information regarding the non-invasive school physical. Parents/Guardians should read the notice, check the appropriate section, sign the form and return it promptly to the School office.
 
In the winter of each school year, dental examinations are conducted in grades 1, 3, and 7. Parents/guardians are encouraged to have this examination done by their family dentist, (at their own expense), as this provides continuity in the child’s dental care.  If your child will be seen by your family dentist and is in 1st, 3rd, or 7th grade, please print the form, have your dentist complete it and mail or fax the completed form to the school.  This will become a permanent part of your child’s school record.  If you choose to have the school dentist complete the exam in school, there will be a notice sent home with your child/ren with information regarding the exam. Parents/Guardians should read the notice, check the appropriate section, sign the form and return it promptly to the School office.
 
Students are measured for height and weight as part of the yearly school health growth screening program. A Body Mass Index (BMI) for Age percentile is calculated. This is used as a guideline to help assess whether a person may be overweight or underweight.
 

Being either overweight or underweight can put a person at risk for certain health problems. A student who is overweight has an increased risk of developing serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and certain cancers. A student who is underweight has an increased risk for heart problems, loss of bone ass, and anemia. Underweight may also be a sign of an underlying eating disorder.

Many factors, including sports participation or family history, can influence height and weight in children and adolescents. BMI should be considered a screening tool and not a definitive measure of overweight and obesity as the indicator does have limitations. For examples, some athletes and serious dancers may have a higher than expected BMI due to their increased muscle mass, which weighs more than fat mass.

Your child’s health care provider is the best person to evaluate whether or not his/her measurements are within a healthy range. Keeping in mind that this is only a health screening, please share this results with you child’s health care provider, who may suggest changes in eating or physical activity or may have other suggestions.

The table below can help you understand better where your child’s BMI % falls:

  • Underweight: BMI 0% - 4.99%

  • At Risk for Underweight: BMI 5% - 14.99 %

  • Probably at a Healthy Weight: BMI 15 % - 85.99 %

  • At Risk for Overweight: BMI 86 % - 94.99 %.

  • Overweight: BMI 95 % - 100 %