Parental Notification School Health Assessments
From time to time during the year, health screening may be provided through a contract with the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH), which is subject to the rules and regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA requires that the DOH provide access to our Notices of Privacy Practices. You may view the DOH notice on our website at https://doh.sd.gov/documents/HIPAANotice.pdf or request a printed copy by contacting us at 1-800-305-3064.
Screenings that will be provided during the school year include:
· Vision Screening for students in Grades K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th
· Physical Assessments for students in Grades K & 5th
· Scoliosis Screening for girls in Grades 5th & 7th
· Scoliosis Screening for boys in Grade 9th
Abnormal curvature of the spine is usually first noticed at the beginning of the adolescent growth spurt. Often early detection and appropriate treatment can prevent progression. The screening procedure takes about 30 seconds and may require the student to remove his/her shirt or blouse in order that the spine can be visually observed by the Community Health Nurse.
A child not included in the grades/service listed above can be screened with the written consent of the parent/legal guardian.
Parents will be notified of any concerns identified during the health screenings so their child can be further evaluated by the provider of the parent's choice.
When a vision or hearing screening indicates additional testing is needed, the nurse can discuss with school personnel the possible accommodations in the classroom that can be made for the benefit of the child.