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Spinal Screening Program

School-based spinal screening helps identify adolescents with abnormal spinal curvature and refer them for appropriate follow-up by their physician. Screening can detect scoliosis at an early stage, when the curve is mild and may go unnoticed. Early detection is key to controlling spinal deformities.

All students will be screened for abnormal spinal curvature before the end of the school year in accordance with DSHS Spinal Screening schedule.  Also, students entering the district who are past the grades of the screening requirement, but who, according to school records, have never been screened will also be screened.

Spinal screening is non-invasive and conducted following the most recent, nationally accepted and peer-reviewed standards for spinal screening.

Exceptions from spinal screening:

• The school has documentation from a licensed professional that the individual is actively under medical care for one or more spinal problems.

• The school has documentation that the screening was performed by a qualified individual at the appropriate age (10 or 12 year old for girls; 13 years old for boys).

• The school has an acceptable affidavit stating one of the following:

1) The spinal screening will be conducted by a qualified individual outside the school. The parent or guardian must then provide proof the screening has occurred within 60 days of the signed affidavit.

2) The spinal screening conflicts with religious tenets. The parent will need to complete an ‘Affidavit of Religious Exemption’.