This screening is mandated by Texas law in grades EC, PK, K, 01, 03, 05, 07 and students in other grades who are new to LVISD. Parents of students who fail two vision and/or hearing screenings will receive a referral letter from the school nurse recommending a more comprehensive exam by a medical professional.
The Texas Legislature has mandated all children, who are attending public or private school must be screened for abnormal spinal curvature in accordance with the following schedule:
- Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 (or fall semester of grade 5) and again at age 12 (or fall semester of grade 7).
- Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14 (or fall semester of grade 8).
Acanthosis Nigricans (AN)
This screening is mandated by Texas law in grades 01, 03, 05 and 07 and is usually done at the same time as vision and hearing screening. Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) is a skin discoloration (usually seen at the nape of the neck) that may indicate high levels of insulin in the blood which results from insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can create a potential risk for the development of Type 2 Diabetes. The skin on the nape of the neck will be visually examined. If the AN marker is noted, the student will have blood pressure, height, and weight measured individually and privately at a later date. Parents will be notified of these specific findings.