Acanthosis NigricansThe State of Texas mandates that school nurses screen and report evidence of Acanthosis Nigricans and weight-related risk factors for 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders, and any other students at risk. These screenings are required in order to better indicate Acanthosis Nigricans as a warning sign for insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.
Vision and HearingThe school population to be screened for vision and hearing problems is prekindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th, grades.
SpinalThe Texas Department of State Health Services establishes spinal screening guidelines. Their recommendations require different ages to be screened for abnormal spinal curvature before the end of the school year. Students failing two spinal examinations require a referral. As of the 2019 school year, female students will be screened twice, once at age 10 and again at age 12; male students will be screened once at at 13 or 14.
All ScreeningsThe student or minor student's parent, managing conservator, or guardian may elect to substitute one or more professional examinations for any or all of the required screening tests. (See Form Request Exemption from Screening)