Mandated Health Screenings
Mandated Health Screenings
NOTE: When a physical examination is not completed by the family health care provider, a school doctor will complete an abbreviated examination, after permission to examine has been obtained from the parent/guardian. The school nurse will notify the parent to obtain permission for the school screening. Parent/guardian will be notified when the physical is scheduled. The parent/guardian is invited to be present during the examination. The Private physical forms are to be returned in to the health suite by October 15 of the required school year.
Required upon original entry (kindergarten or first grade), 3rd, and 7th grades. Parents are advised to have these examinations done by their family dentist because he/she is familiar with the child's past dental history and is prepared to provide any necessary treatment. Examinations done by a family dentist within one year prior to entry into the grade where an examination is required and recorded on a state form (Forms are available through the health room or by downloading the "Dental Exam Form") are acceptable by state requirements.
NOTE: When a dental examination is not completed by the student’s family dentist, a school dentist will complete an abbreviated examination after permission has been obtained from the parent/guardian. The school nurse will obtain permission from the parent/guardian and inform each parent when the examination is scheduled. The parent is invited to be present during the examination. Private dental examination forms are to be returned to the health suite by October 15 of the required school year.
All students will be weighed and measured yearly in accordance with the PA state mandates.
|What is Body Mass Index?||BMI is a calculation that uses your height, weight, age and gender to determine how you are growing.|
|How is BMI Calculated?
||Nothing will change during your school growth screening. The school nurse will measure your height and weight just like they have always done. What's new is that those numbers will be entered into a formula and your BMI and BMI percentile calculated.|
|What will be done with the numbers?||The school nurse will then send this information home to your parents/guardians and ask them to share this with your family doctor. Your friends and teachers won't know your BMI unless you tell them.|
|Why is it good to know about BMI?||Being above average weight can lead to illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, breathing problems, joint problems and depression. Plus, being above average weight as a child or teenager greatly increases your chances of being overweight as an adult. Being below average weight can cause harm to your heart, kidneys, muscles and bones, and may lead to anemia. A high or low BMI is just one of many risk factor for these illnesses. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater the chance you will develop one of these diseases.|
|BMI - just 1 piece of the puzzle.||When it comes to your weight, BMI is NOT the whole story. A child who is very muscular, like an athlete, may have a higher weight and BMI but not have a lot of body fat. Two people with the same BMI may have different body fat levels. That's why you need to share this information with you family doctor.|
My BMI is high. Now what?
Talk to your parents/guardians and your doctor about what to do to lower your BMI. Unlike adults, you should NOT go on a diet. Eating healthier and exercising more can improve your BMI. Remember, lowering your BMI to a healthy level now will help to prevent problems as you get older.
|What can I do at home to lower my BM||
|What can I do at school to lower my BMI?||