The annual Postural Screening Program will take place during the week of December 2-6. Massachusetts General Laws require that all public school students in grades five through nine be screened annually for the early detection of spinal problems. This is not a diagnostic service but a screening program to identify children who should have further medical evaluation.
Boys and girls will be screened separately by the school nurse or the Physical Education, Health and Wellness teachers. The screening consists of observations of the student’s back when standing and bending forward. Girls should wear or bring bathing suits/halter tops to school on the day of the screening.
If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to have your child seen by a healthcare provider for follow-up.
If you choose not to have your child participate in the Postural Screening Program, the school nurse must receive written documentation of postural screening by your child’s healthcare provider.
If your child is currently being followed for scoliosis, he/she may be exempt from the Postural Screening Program if the school nurse receives documentation of ongoing care. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse at 617-559-6575.