Massachusetts General Law, chapter 71, section 57 with related regulations 105 CMR 200.000 mandates that school nurses do periodic screenings of vision, hearing, growth (height and weight) and posture. Bill H.4056, section 97 requires schools to conduct annual verbal screenings (SBIRT) for substance abuse disorders. Pursuant to these regulations, the Barnstable Public School nurses screen students according to the following schedule:
Vision: Grades K-5, 7, and 10
Hearing: Grades K-3, 7, and 10
Growth (Height and Weight/BMI): Grades 1, 4, 7, and 10
Postural (Scoliosis): Grades 5-9
SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment): Grades 7 and 9
Parents/guardians will be notified if any other screening requires further evaluation. Included in this notification will be a request for a report from your health care provider of their findings so that we are aware of any problems which may interfere with learning or so we can accommodate any needs that are identified.
Parents may choose to not have their child participate in the growth screening program. Please notify your school nurse in writing within the first two weeks of school if you wish for your child to opt out of this screening. This must be done annually. If your child is under treatment for a vision, hearing or postural concern, please provide your school nurse with current medical documentation of his/her condition.