The Growth Screening Program for 10th graders will begin in January, 2013. Massachusetts General Laws require that public schools collect height and weight measurements of students. These measurements are used to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a screening tool to monitor students’ growth and development.
Your child’s screening will be supervised by the school nurse and each student’s privacy will be respected at all times. Your child’s height, weight, and BMI measurements are strictly confidential and the results will be recorded in your child’s school health record. The growth screening results will be sent by US mail to each student’s home. Please share the results of the Growth Screening with your child’s healthcare provider. Feel free to contact Gail Kramer, RN with any questions.
If you choose not to have your child participate in the Growth Screening Program, you must contact the school nurse. Please provide written documentation of height and weight measurements taken within the past twelve months by your child’s healthcare provider.
Simple standards for a healthy lifestyle include:
- Eating at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day
- Spending no more than 2 hours per day on “screen time” (TV, video games, computer use, etc.)
- Getting at least 1 hour of physical activity per day
In Newton, we address our students’ health and wellness with a comprehensive approach that includes health screenings, physical activity programs, nutrition, and health education. In support of your efforts to promote healthy eating and active living, you may find the following websites helpful: