Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes in Children Screening Program

Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes in Children (TRAT2DC) will be done on all 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders per state law. This screening evaluates for a black-brown thickening of the skin in a line that usually appears on the back of the neck. It can be caused by too much insulin in the blood. It may indicate a pre-diabetic condition and a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Students identified as having this skin marker will have their height and weight recorded, BMI calculated and blood pressure checked twice. Parents will be notified by the school nurse if risk factors associated with Type 2 diabetes are found in their child.
An individual is exempt from risk assessment if risk assessment conflicts with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination of which the individual is an adherent or a member. To qualify for the exemption, the individual or, if the individual is a minor, the individual's parent, managing conservator, or guardian must submit to the school nurse on or before the day of the risk assessment process an affidavit stating the objections to the risk assessment.