We will be conducting scoliosis screening soon. Scoliosis screening is required for all students in the 6th and 8th grades who attend public school in Georgia.
Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine. About 3% of children are affected by scoliosis. It can occur at any age, but is often noticeable between the ages of 9 and 16, when growth occurs rapidly. If a spinal curve is not recognized and treated, it will continue to progress. Early detection is important to avoid potentially serious complications later in life. The screening test is an observation of the child’s back when standing and bending forward. For more information, click here.
There are options for how the screening can be completed:
-Students can participate in the school screening event. Students who do not have a completed Form 4400 on file prior to the screening will be asked to participate in scoliosis screening during the school screening event.
-Submit a Form 4400 (Certificate of Scoliosis Screening) completed by your child’s physician.
You can choose to not have your child screened for scoliosis by selecting the opt-out option on Form 4400 and returning the completed form to Nurse Leslye. This form was emailed out to all parents in early January.
Please reach out with any questions or concerns you have. Thank you for ensuring your child is properly screened for scoliosis.