Health Screenings

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health mandates health screenings for all students in grades K-12. 

    • Hearing: Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, and new students
    • Height and Weight: All grades.  BMI is calculated and parents have access to BMI data on ParentVue.
    • Vision: All grades
    • Color Vision: On entry to school and as necessary
    • Depth Perception: Grade 1, and new students
    • Scoliosis: Grades 6 and 7: students without a physical or PIAA sports examination

    Height, Weight, Vision and Hearing

    • Visual problems, hearing problems, and growth and development discrepancies can and do affect the educational, social and emotional development of children. Early detection of these concerns helps to assure a student of the best possible educational experience.   
    • A referral notice for follow-up medical evaluation will be mailed or emailed home if a problem is noted during screenings.
    • If you have any concerns regarding height, weight, vision or hearing, your Certified School Nurse can rescreen your child at any time.
    • Understanding BMI

    Scoliosis (A lateral curvature of the spine)

    • Screenings are completed by the school nurse (March/April) for all 6th and 7th graders without a physical or PIAA sports examination.
    • The screening is done privately, and the child is required to remove their shirt.
    • A physical therapist from Mount Nittany Medical Center will re-screen any students if an asymmetry is noted by the nurse.
    • A parent will be notified before the physical therapist visits in late April and will receive a notice if further medical evaluation is recommended.
Last Modified on January 4, 2024