School Screenings are an important part of assuring that every child is ready to learn. Some screenings are mandated by the state, others are developed due to specific health needs of the community.
Families play an important role in school screenings. The school nurse can assist you to find low cost programs or to answer questions regarding your child's screening. The nurse will be contacting you to assist with follow-up and to obtain information regarding your child's status. Reports from medical doctors can be especially helpful.
Good hearing is essential to language development, and language development is essential for learning.
According to California State Law the following grades are required to have annual hearing screens: kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th grade, 8th grade, and 10th grade. This screening is preformed by the school nurse during the Fall semester. Please refer to the "Health Calendar" for specific dates.
As part of our school health program, a volunteer dentist from the Central Coast Dental Society will provide a dental screening for all elementary school children. This screening will be conducted annually in the month of February.
The dental screening consists of a simple visual inspection of your child's teeth and will not involve the use of x-rays or other dental equipment. This screening does not replace an in-office dental examination by your family dentist.
A letter will be sent home if the screening identifies a potential dental problem. If you do not have a family dentist and you need help in obtaining dental are, you may contact the Central Coast Dental Society at (805) 544-1113.
California State Laws requires vision screening for student upon entry into the school system and every three years there after. Paso Robles Unified School District participates in the local Lions Club Vision screening. The Lions club provides each elementary school with a optomologist who screens all kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade students.
This screening only provides the school with a rough measure of visual performance. It is in your child's best interest to also be evaluated by a licensed vision specialist.
California State Law requires that color vision be appraised on all male students in 1st grade. The health team performs this screening annually for 1st grade boys in the Spring.
Color vision deficency, also called Colorblindness, affects 8% of boys and only 0.5% of girls, or about 1 out of 25 children. The affected child sees colors different than most of his or her classmates. Screenings alert parents and teachers that they may be a color perception issue, yet they do not replace an evaluation from an eye care professional.
The overall incidence of scoliosis or curvature of the spine in the general population for kids is greater than 14 years of age is about 1.5%. A significant increase of scoliosis in adolescent has prompted the creation of school screening programs.
Currently, Paso Robles Unified School district is screening 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys. This screening is done during the students PE period. The boys and girls are seperated by gender. Students DO NOT undress for this screening procedure. The school nurse simply follows the students spine with her fingers while the student leans forward.