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Hearing, Vision, Spinal Screening Information

UME health services staff will perform the following state-required health screenings. Parents will be notified in advance of upcoming screening dates. If you do not wish the health staff to perform the screenings, you may substitute a professional examination by a health care provider of your choice or submit an Exemption Form.  Texas Sate Law has changed the screening ranges for school aged children for the spinal screenings.  The new laws reflect that only 10 and 12 year old girls and 13 year old boys are required to be screened at school. This new law is in effect for the 2018/2019 school year. 


The law has not changed pertaining to vision and hearing screenings and will be performed on grades K,1,3,5, and 7th.  Parents will get a letter from the nurse with the screening dates and information about exemptions. Please feel free to get your child's hearing, vision, and spinal screenings done at their physician's office in lieu of at school. If your child has had a hearing, vision, and spinal screening as of this school year please submit a letter from your physician containing the results for your child's school medical record. This will satisfy the law. 


Thanks so much for allowing us here at UME to be of service to your family and your child's educational needs and please do not hesitate to speak to the nurse if you have any questions.

The results of these screenings may indicate that your child may need diagnostic evaluation beyond the school capabilities. Referrals to physicians are made as needed. Parents are urged to obtain appropriate medical care following a school screening referral. 


• Vision and Hearing Screening

 These screenings are required for students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades, as well as all students new to Texas schools.


• Scoliosis (spinal) Screening

 In order to identify unnatural curvatures of the spine, this screening is required for all 10 and 12 year old girls and 13 year old boys.


• Acanthosis Nigricans Screening

 The 77th Texas Legislature passed legislation requiring school districts to screen students in 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades for Acanthosis Nigricans (AN). 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.

Volunteer Opportunity

Parent Volunteers interested in assisting with Health Screenings will need to submit the following form to UME Prep and notify the school nurse of their interest.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve.