State Mandated Health Screenings
The following screenings are mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Screenings are not to be substituted for regular exams by your health care provider. The screenings are performed by the school nurses unless otherwise specified.
Height and Weight (BMI)
- 28 PA Code, Chapter 23.7 states “Height and weight measurement shall be conducted at least once annually and preferably twice annually. Every effort shall be made to determine the pattern of growth for each child so that his weight and height can be interpreted in light of his own growth pattern rather than those of his classmates.
- Parent(s) or guardian(s) can access the results of his/her child’s height and weight screening via Skyward.
- 28 PA Code, Chapter 23.4 states “Vision screening tests shall be conducted annually by a nurse, teacher or medical technician.
- If a student does not pass the visual screening a referral notice will be sent home.
- If you have a concern or suspect a visual problem, a comprehensive eye exam by an eye care professional is highly recommended.
- 28 PA Code, Chapter 23.5(d) states “Each year, pupils in kindergarten, special ungraded classes and grades one, two, three, seven and 11 shall be given a hearing screening test.
- If a student does not pass the hearing screening a referral notice will be sent home.
- If you have a concern, suspect a hearing problem, or your child has an existing hearing condition contact with your health care provider is recommended.
- 28 PA Code, Chapter 23.10(b) states “A scoliosis screening test shall be administered to students in grade six and grade seven and to age-appropriate students in ungraded classes.
- The purpose of the scoliosis screening is to detect any abnormal curvature of the spine.
- The 6th grade scoliosis screening is generally done as part of the required physical examination in the spring of their 6th grade year. All students who have not submitted documentation of a scoliosis screening completed during their 6th grade physical exam will be screened.
- Scoliosis screenings for 7 grade students will be conducted during physical education classes in the spring of their 7th grade year.
- If a student does not pass the scoliosis screening a referral notice will be sent home.
What does a referral mean?
If you receive a referral form after any school screening or examination, it means that further evaluation by a professional health care provider is recommended. The referral form is to be completed by your private health care provider and returned to the school nurse.
Vision Resource Center of Berks County
Lions KidSight District 14-P
Berks Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services