The Suwannee County Health Department and the Suwannee County School District provide health screenings to students in Suwannee County Schools. Florida Statute 381.0056 of the School Health Services Act requires these screenings. These screenings are designed to detect health problems that could affect your child’s learning and/or growth. The screenings are done according to the grades in our current School Health Plan. The screenings for our county include:
- Vision – K, 1st, 3rd, and 6th grade students and students entering school for the first time
- Hearing – K, 1st, and 6th grade students and students entering school for the first time
- Growth and Development (Height and Weight) with BMI calculation - 1st, 3rd, and 6th grade students
- Scoliosis - 6th grade students
These screenings will not harm your child in any way. Screening teams will screen students in the grades listed above during the first semester. If your child does not pass any part of the screening exam(s), you will be notified in writing. Results of your child’s health screenings will remain confidential and shared only with school personnel with a need to know.
EXCLUDING STUDENTS FROM SERVICES
Parents who do not desire their child to participate in health screenings or health education are requested to send a written letter of exclusion to the school nurse no later than the second week after school starts.