In accordance with Texas State Law I screen all students in kindergarten, first, third and fifth grade. I also check all the students that are new to LISD. 2nd and 4th graders are screened on request from the parent or teacher. The types of screenings are a little different depending on the grade and age.
Kinder-vision and hearing
1st, 3rd & 5th vision, hearing and Acanthosis Nigricans*
Acanthosis Nigricans is a light brown-black, velvety, rough or thickened area on the skin-usually the back of the neck but can also be on the armpits or knuckles. It can be a primary marker that signals high insulin levels that can lead to Type 2 Diabetes. If this screening is positive I will also check your student's height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index.
Scoliosis- The state Legislature changed the laws regarding this screening. It is now mandatory for girls ages 10 and 12 so that means many girls at Highland Village are eligible for this screening (usually 4th and 5th graders). Boys are screened once at either 13 or 14 which is usually middle school. You have the option to follow up with your child's doctor to have the screening outside of school if you like. I will be sending home notification about this screening once school gets started.
I will only contact you if your student doesn't pass his/her screening. At that point I will send a referral home to follow up with either your eye doctor or pediatrician. I do have some resources available to students that do not have vision coverage. Feel free to contact me about any of the screenings or referrals.