The state of Pennsylvania requires dental examinations for all school children upon original school entry, Kindergarten, or Grade 1, Grade 3 and Grade 7. Parents may choose whether to have the child examined by the School Dentist or family dentist. Dental forms are provided to parents.
Hearing tests are performed annually by the School Nurse for children in Kindergarten through Third Grade and then 7th grade. Children with previous identified hearing problems are also examined. Classroom teachers may also refer children for hearing tests.
The School Nurse administers vision tests to all students annually and any concerns are reported to parents.
Growth screening is performed annually on children in Kindergarten-12th grade. The growth exam is the measurement of the student’s height and weight. The school nurse will use these measurements and compute the BMI (body mass index) and parents will be notified of the results.
The School Health Law requires medical exams for children upon original entry to school, either Kindergarten or First Grade. These grades are selected because they represent critical periods of growth and development. In addition students in grades 6 and 11 are required to have a medical exam as well. Parents may wish to have the family physician examine the child and complete the required forms or have the child examined by the School Doctor.
School law requires that a screening for scoliosis be performed on all children in grades 6 and 7. The Saucon Valley School District will conduct a scoliosis screening program each year during the month of March. The purpose of the screening program is to detect possible curvature of the spine in children. If the condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spinal deformity may be prevented. If you have any objections to having your child participate in the screening program please inform the school nurse in writing. For more information about the screening process please click here.