Dear Parents/Guardians and Scholars,
Haas Hall Academy Bentonville will conduct hearing and vision screenings, scoliosis screenings, and BMI screenings starting the week of January 23rd.
Hearing and Vision:
8th-grade scholars and all scholars that are new to HHA this school year.
Vision: This screening will involve scholars reading letters on a vision chart and looking at other screening test images. Scholars, if you have glasses or contacts, please ensure you wear or bring them to school.
Hearing: This screening will require scholars to listen to soft beeping sounds.
8th-grade scholars only.
The screening program aims to detect possible curvature of the spine in children. If the condition is detected early and appropriately treated, the progressive spinal deformity may be prevented.
The screening test is very simple and can be performed in less than a minute. The Academy Nurse is a trained screener and will check your child’s back by observing it while your child is standing and bending forward. You will be contacted if there is any reason to have your child examined by your pediatrician, family physician, or orthopedist.
To ensure a view of the spine, we will request that students expose their backs during screening. It is recommended that boys wear a shirt that can be easily removed. Girls should wear a bra, bathing suit top, or halter top under a blouse or sweater. Your cooperation is essential to help us make the program run smoothly.
Body Mass Index (BMI):
8th grade and 10th grade scholars.
Height, weight, age, and gender are used to calculate BMI to indicate whether a scholar is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.
The data from these screenings are mandated by the state and kept confidential. You will be notified if your scholar does not pass one or more screenings. If you have any objections to having your child participate in the screening program, please inform the school nurse via email by Monday, January 23rd.
Michelle Gilbert, BSN, RN
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