6th grade Spinal Screening Information

The purpose of spinal screening is to detect the signs of abnormal curves of the spine at their earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined. Scoliosis, a common spinal abnormality found in adolescents, is a sideways twisting of the spine. It is usually detected in children between 10 and 14 years of age. Kyphosis, sometimes called round back, is an exaggerated rounding of the upper back and is often confused with poor posture. Many cases of curvature of the spine are mild and require only ongoing observation by a physician when they are first diagnosed. Others can worsen with time as the child grows and require active treatment such as bracing and surgery. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity that can affect a person’s appearance and health.

The procedure for screening is simple. Screeners who have been specially trained will look at your child’s back while he/she stands and then bends forward. For this screening, boys and girls will be seen separately.

Each student will be screened separately and asked to remove their shirt. Girls are asked to wear a bra or sports bra, as it is necessary that they remove their shirt so the back can be viewed properly.

Parents will be notified of the results of the screening only if professional follow-up is recommended. This screening procedure does not replace your child’s need for regular health care and check-ups.

According to law, all children in grades 6 and 9 are required to be screened.

If, for religious reasons, you do not wish to have your child screened, you are to submit an affidavit of exemption to the clinic no later than March 30, 2018.

If you choose to have the screening done by your family doctor, screening results from the doctor must be submitted to the clinic no later than March 30, 2018.

Thank you for your cooperation.
PISD Clinic Staff