Your School Nurse Performs Important Health Screenings in School

  • eye exam School nurses perform hearing, vision, and postural/gait screenings as required by Delaware state regulations.  Why is screening important?

    Audiometer Hearing is screened in grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 9 OR 10.  The ability to communicate effectively impacts the well-being of a child in terms of academic, physical, and social development. Early identification and intervention of hearing loss is critical in supporting speech/language development and full participation in the learning process. Even mild hearing losses may be educationally and medically significant.

    Sloan Vision Chart also is screened in grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 9 OR 10.  Vision problems are common among school-aged children and adolescents. If vision problems are not detected and treated early, they can lead to permanent vision loss and learning difficulties.  When a child has an undiagnosed and/or untreated vision problem, it makes it much harder to succeed in school, sports, social situations, and life.

    Posture & Gait is screened in grades 5 through 9.  For more than 30 years, Delaware students have been screened annually to detect orthopedic problems such as scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. This thirty-second screening may result in early detection and treatment, consequently avoiding surgical correction.

    How will the results be shared?

    If your child passes the screening, you will not be notified by your school nurse. You are welcome to contact the nurse to learn the screening findings. 

    If your child does not pass the screening, the school nurse will contact you to share the results and may make a recommendation for further evaluation by a specialist. Students who do not pass the initial posture & gait screening by the school nurse will be referred to Phase II screening. A physical therapist from Nemours Hospital for Children will check students referred to Phase II to determine whether additional evaluation is recommended. 

    School screening provides only a snapshot of how your child performs on the day the screening was administered and is not a substitute for a complete exam. If you have any questions about the school screening programs, please contact your school nurse.