Recognizing the negative impact selected health related conditions may have on learning, the legislature has enacted laws which require that certain screening tests are provided for students attending schools. NRS 79-248 specifically states that “every child in every school district under its jurisdiction is to be inspected for defective sight or hearing, dental defects, and other conditions as prescribed by the Department of Health”. The Grand Island Public Schools provides vision, hearing, height, weight, dental and scoliosis screenings according to the recommended schedule of the Department of Health and Human Services. Students with problems may be screened at any time at the request of a parent, staff, or student.
Screening referrals are followed-up by the school nurse through written notice or phone conversation. Each screening is documented on the students health record and available for the parent/guardian to view or upon request of the parent/guardian, the results can be sent to a designated medical provider.