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Yearly Health Screenings

The Barnstable Public Schools conduct all health screenings as mandated by Massachusetts General Law and the Department of Public Health (DPH). At the beginning of the school year parents/ guardians can request in writing that their child not participate.

Documentation of a recent physical exam is required when registering to enter the Barnstable Public Schools and in grades K, 3, 7, and 10. A yearly physical exam is also required for students participating in interscholastic sports.

Generally, documentation of up to date immunizations is required when registering to enter the Barnstable Public Schools and throughout their school years. Some exceptions apply. If a homeless child lacks immunizations or medical records, the student may attend school while the records are obtained.


Yearly Health Screenings

The Barnstable Public Schools conduct the following health screenings as mandated by Massachusetts General Law and the Department of Public Health (DPH). At the beginning of the school year parents/ guardians can request in writing that their child not participate.

  • Vision: will be screened in grades K-5, 7, and 10.
  • Hearing: will be screened in grades K- 3, 7, and 10.
  • Height and Weight: will be measured in grades 1, 4, 7, and grade 10.
  • Postural screening: will be conducted in grades 5-9.

Documentation of a recent physical exam is required when registering to enter the Barnstable Public Schools and in grades K, 3, 7, and 10. A yearly physical exam is also required for students participating in interscholastic sports.

Documentation of up to date immunizations is required when registering to enter the Barnstable Public Schools and throughout their school years. Exceptions: A signed parent/guardian statement that immunizations conflict with religious beliefs, or a physician statement that immunizations are waived for medical reasons. In addition, if a homeless child lacks immunizations or medical records, the student may attend school while the records are obtained.

Parents will be notified by the health office if their child fails a vision, hearing, or postural screening. If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s health office. Also, to learn more information about health and wellness for your child, visit the district’s health website.