Hunt Middle School

6th Grade Scoliosis Screening

Feb 03, 2015

SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

NOTIFICATION OF SPINAL SCREENINGS

The School Health Services will be conducting spinal screenings on Monday, February 9th for 6th grade girls and Tuesday, February 10th for 6th grade boys.  The purpose of spinal screening is to detect the signs of abnormal curves of the spine at their earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined.  Scoliosis, a common spinal abnormality found in adolescents, is a sideways twisting of the spine.  It is usually detected in children between 10 and 14 years of age.  Kyphosis, sometimes called round back, is an exaggerated rounding of the upper back and is often confused with poor posture.  Many cases of curvature of the spine are mild and require only ongoing observation by a physician when they are first diagnosed.  Others can worsen with time as the child grows and require active treatment such as bracing and surgery.  Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity, which can affect a person’s appearance and health.

The procedure for screening is simple.  Screeners will look at your child’s back while he/she stands and then bends forward.   For this examination, boys and girls will be screened separately and individually. Screenings will be done during PE class in the locker rooms. If your student does not have PE, we will pull them from another class period that day to be screened.

ALL STUDENTS MUST REMOVE THEIR SHIRTS FOR THIS EXAM.  GIRLS ARE REQUESTED TO WEAR A HALTER TOP, TUBE TOP, SPORTS BRA, OR A TWO-PIECE SWIMSUIT UNDERNEATH THEIR SHIRT ON EXAM DAY (Monday, February 9th).

Parents will be notified of the results of the screening only if professional follow-up is necessary.  This screening procedure does not replace your child’s need for regular health care and check-ups.

According to Texas law, all children in grades 6 and 9 are required to be screened.  If, for religious reasons, you do not wish to have your child screened, you are to submit an affidavit of exemption to this office no later than Friday, February 6th.

Please see the attachments for more detailed information about scoliosis and spinal screening.

Screening Information
Screening Information - Spanish

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please call the Hunt Nurse Office at 469-633-5208.