Hello Parents,   

This year we will be completing our annual screenings for Vision, Hearing, Scoliosis and Body Mass index.  

The following will be screened:

Scoliosis: Grades 8 & 9

Vision & Hearing: Grade 10

Height, Weight & BMI: Grade 10

Massachusetts Schools have taken heights and weights of students each year since the 1950’s. According to the state’s BMI screening regulation, schools must now collect the heights and weights of students in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10.  The results will NOT be mailed home or sent home with your child. The school nurse will supervise your child’s screening and will make sure the child’s privacy is respected at all times. If you would like your child to NOT have his or her BMI recorded please notify the school in writing.

The Hoosac Valley High School will be doing an annual Postural Screening this winter as well.  The purpose of this is to find early signs of possible spinal problems in grades 8 & 9. If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to take the child to a physician as a precaution.  Females will be examined by a female nurse, males will be examined by a male nurse.

If you would like to opt out of any of these screenings please write a note stating your requests.

Thanks for your time.  

Traci Gelinas, RN, BSN