Health Screenings

Hearing Screening

The State of Connecticut General statutes Sec. 10-214(b)  requires that local Boards of Education provide audiometric screening for hearing to each pupil in grades kindergarten, one, three, four and five. The purpose of the screening is for early detection of hearing problems.

The procedure for the hearing screening is brief and uncomplicated. The school nurse may perform the hearing screening which requires your child to identify, in each ear, sounds provided by an audiometer.

All students in grades Kindergarten, one, three, four and five will be screened for hearing. You may choose refusal of the hearing screen for your child by providing a written and signed statement indicating that you do not want the school to provide hearing screen for your child to the nurse at your child’s school.

Postural (Scoliosis) Screening

The State of Connecticut General statutes Sec. 10-214(c) requires that local Boards of Education provide postural screening for each female pupil in grades five and seven, and each male pupil in grade eight or nine. The purpose of the screening is for early detection of curvature of the spine (scoliosis). Middletown Public and Parochial schools will ensure provision of postural screening for females in grade 7 and males in grade 9.

The procedure for the postural screening is brief and uncomplicated. The nurse observes the appearance of the student’s back in standing erect and bending positions. Or, the nurse will transcribe postural screenings performed by the child’s healthcare provider in the same school year as the mandated scoliosis screening is required.

Female students in grades 5 & 7; and, male students in grade 9 will be screened for scoliosis. You may choose refusal of the postural screen for your child by providing a written and signed statement indicating that you do not want the school to screen your child for scoliosis to the nurse at your child’s school.

Vision Screening

The State of Connecticut General statutes Sec. 10-214(a)  requires that local Boards of Education provide vision screening for each pupil in grades kindergarten, one, three, four and five. The purpose of the screening is for early detection of visual problems.

The procedure for the vision screening is brief and uncomplicated. The school nurse may perform the vision screening which requires your child to identify objects or letters (Snellen Chart) while standing at a prescribed distance from the chart.

Or, when available, the Lion’s Club may provide free screening using technology that scans both eyes for possible vision problems. The program is called KidsSight. It is free of charge and Lion’s Club members work with the school nurses to screen students and make the proper referrals.

All students in grades Kindergarten, one, three, four and five will be screened for vision. You may choose refusal of the vision screen for your child by providing a written and signed statement indicating that you do not want the school to provide vision screen for your child to the nurse at your child’s school