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Hearing, Vision, Spinal Screening Information

UME will perform state required health screenings for vision, hearing, scoliosis and acanthosis nigricans. If you do not wish for your child to be screened, you may turn in an exemption letter which can be found under “Forms” on the right side of the screen. Please read the form and provide appropriate documents from your medical provider. Contact your school nurse for further information.

These screenings are not diagnostic but indicated if your child needs further diagnostic evaluation. In this case, a referral to a physician will be made. It is important to seek the appropriate care for your child.
1.    Vision and Hearing – Required for new student, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades.

2.    Scoliosis – Required to detect unnatural curvatures of the spine. Girls are screened at age 10 & 12 or fall semester of 5th and 7th grade. Boys are screened ages 13 or 14 or during the fall semester of 8th grade.

3.    Acanthosis Nigricans - AN is a skin marker which may indicate pre-diabetes. AN is a light brown or black, velvety, rough, or thickened area or "marker" on the surface of the skin (usually on the neck)., The presence of AN may signal high insulin levels, which puts a person at risk for stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th.