Vision, Hearing, Acanthosis Nigricans and Scoliosis Screenings
The State of Texas requires that school districts provide certain health screenings for students throughout the school year.
Vision and Hearing
Vision and hearing screening is performed for all students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades, as well as any student who is new to LTISD. This screening will take place during the first semester of the school year.
Acanthosis Nigricans (AN)
AN screening is required for all students in 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades. AN is a light brown to black, velvety, rough or thickened area on the surface of the skin usually found around the neck. AN can signal high insulin levels, which can lead to insulin resistance and then to Type 2 diabetes. This screening typically takes place during the second semester of the school year.
Spinal screening for scoliosis is required for all students in the 5th and 8th grades. Scoliosis is a common spinal curvature abnormality found in adolescents. It is usually detected in children between 10 and 14 years of age. Spinal screenings will take place during the second semester of the school year.
If your child does not pass one of the required screenings at school, you will be notified in writing by the school nurse. Please follow-up with the appropriate medical professional and provide a written report from them to the school.