Health Screening Requirements

Florida Statute 381.0056 requires that health screenings be conducted at various grade levels. Trained school-based personnel and district-level staff perform these screenings. Below are the grade level screenings, which include: vision, hearing, Body Mass Index (BMI) and scoliosis. The required screenings are as follows:

Vision:

  • Students in Kindergarten, first, third and sixth grades
  • Students entering Broward County Public Schools for the first time
  • Students considered for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) placement

Hearing:

  • Students in kindergarten, first, and sixth grades
  • Students entering the Broward County School District for the first time
  • Students considered for ESE placement

Body Mass Index (BMI):

  • Students in first, third, and sixth grades

Scoliosis:

  • All sixth grade students

 

The screenings and their results will be documented and placed in your child’s cumulative health record folder. Schools are encouraged to complete vision and hearing screenings during the first semester of school. BMI screenings and scoliosis screenings can be done anytime during the school year

 

BMI documentation will be entered onto a graph. There are different graphs for boys and girls. Graphs will be placed in your child’s cumulative health folder. The same graph should be used each year when screening is done. If your child’s BMI is greater than the 95th percentile or below the 5th percentile, you will receive a letter with your child’s specific information and a recommendation to follow up with your child’s healthcare provider. You will receive a copy of the graph with the referral letter.

 

You need to know that you have the option to decline your child’s participation in the health screenings. Parents who wish to opt-out must complete the Opt-Out form and return to your child’s school. The completed Opt-Out Form will be included in your child’s cumulative health record. If you have any questions, please contact your school or Coordinated Student Health Services at (754) 321-2272.