• I will be performing mandated health screenings on students the first half of the school year. Height, weight, and blood pressure will be done on all students screened by the nurse. Vision will be screened on 6th graders and 8th graders. Scoliosis and hearing will be screened on the 7th graders. If I have received a recent physical examination report with the above screening information I will not be performing the screenings on that student. I will record the Physician's findings on the health record. If there is any abnormal finding as I perform these screenings I will inform you via mail.

     
    Body Mass Index (BMI) is a screening tool. It provides a guideline based on the ratio of weight to height to determine underweight, at risk for being overweight, and overweight. BMI is not diagnostic , and like all screening tools, can produce some false positives or false negatives. For example, a student may have an artificially high BMI due to a high level of lean body tissue or muscle as may be found in a well-conditioned athlete. Studies have shown that BMI in children and adolescents compare well to laboratory measure of body fat and also correlates with known health risks associated with being overweight. These risk factors include abnormal lipid levels, high blood pressure and insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. Of the students that I screen for height and weight, I will be sending a letter home, via mail, explaining the definition of Body Mass Index (BMI), how it relates to a person's health and your child's BMI.