Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Comprehensive Growth Screening Program
The purpose of the growth-screening program is to monitor students' growth and development, detect growth abnormalities, and identify students who may be at nutritional risk, at risk for eating disorders, or who are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight. Students in grades 1, 4, and 7 are measured accurately for height, weight, and calculation of Body Mass Index (BMI). A parent may request to receive his/her child's growth screening results from the School Nurse.
The purpose of the hearing-screening program is to identify students with a significant undetected hearing impairment, which could impact their educational progress and success. Students in grades K, 1, 2, 3 and 7 are screened for hearing deficits. Parents/guardians will be notified if their child fails a hearing screening and will be asked to follow up with the appropriate health care provider.
The purpose of the vision screening program is to facilitate the identification of children with common vision problems as early as possible in order to support their academic achievement. Vision tests shall be performed on students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Parents/guardians will be notified if their child fails a vision screening and will be asked to follow up with the appropriate health care provider.
Kindergarten Vision Screening
Parents/guardian of children who fail the vision screen and of children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental delay must present proof of a comprehensive eye exam performed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist chosen and indicating diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and recommendations for any follow up treatment.
The purpose of the Postural Screening program is to detect possible early signs of spinal problems in early adolescents that warrant further medical evaluation. Screening must be done annually on students in Grades 5 through 8 by the School Nurse according to Massachusetts Department of Public Health protocol. Parents/guardians of students will be notified prior to postural screenings. Parents/guardians will be notified if their child fails a particular screening and will be asked to follow up with the appropriate health care provider.