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State-Mandated Screening Information

Pearland ISD's Health Screening Program follows Texas law:

*Vision and Hearing Screenings

occur in pre-K, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades and for newly enrolled students.

*Acanthosis Nigricans (AN)

is screened in 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades.

Brochure: Acanthosis Nigicans Information

*Spinal Screening:

In compliance with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children shall undergo screening 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).
  • Campus nurses will check your child for signs of spinal problems like scoliosis.
  • Catching a spinal problem early can make the treatment much easier. Not treating spinal problems can lead to serious health problems. 
  • The screening is simple.  Campus nurses will look at your child's back while he or she stands and bends forward. 
  • Boys and girls will be screened separately.
  • The school will send you a letter if your child does not pass the screening.  The letter will advise you to follow up with a doctor. 
  • This screening is not a medical exam. Your child still needs to see a doctor for checkups. 
  • If you do not wish to have your child screened for religious reasons, you must submit an exemption to the school. 

Affidavit of Religious Exemption for Spinal Screening

Brochure: Watch out for Scoliosis

 *Parents are notified of screening results only if follow-up is required. For more information on Pearland ISD's screening program, contact the clinic at your child's school.