Health Screenings

Routine health screenings are important to the student's well-being.  The Sherwood School District offers several health screenings to our students.  The OAR 581.022.0705 states the school district shall maintain a prevention oriented health service program for all students that include vision, dental and hearing screenings.  Check with your child's school office for specific screening type and dates.  

All screenings are free of charge.  If you want to opt out of the screening please contact your school main office.

The following screenings are planned for the 2018/2019 calendar year:

Dental Screenings for students age seven and younger who have not been seen by a Dentist:

2018 Dental Screenings were conducted in February by local Dentists and Orthodontists who volunteered their time.  39 students were screened in 2018.

The proposed Dental Screenings for 2019 will be:

     Friday, February 8, 2019      Archer Glen    Drs. Bittner and Wilson will do the screening.
     Friday, February 15, 2019    Hopkins           Drs. Bittner and Huyssoon will do the screening.
     Friday, February 22, 2019   Edy Ridge        Drs. Bittner and Senestraro will do the screening.
     Friday, March 1, 2019           Middleton       Dr. Bittner will do the screening

Please contact the District Nurses if you have any questions about the Dental Screening. 

Hearing Screenings for First Grade Students:    

Hearing Screenings were conducted at Sherwood Elementary Schools in January and March of 2018 and were conducted by the Portland State University Audiology Department with assistance from Sherwood School District Speech and Language Pathologists.  316 students were screened in 2018 with a 7% referral rate.

2019 Hearing Screenings:

     Friday, March 8:  Archer Glen and Middleton Elementary Schools
     Friday, April 12:   Hopkins and Edy Ridge Elementary Schools
Please contact the District Nurses if you have any questions about the Hearing Screening.

For those parents/guardians needing financial assistance for hearing issues for their child, please contact the District Nurses. 

Vision Screenings for Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade:  
Vision Screenings were conducted by Lions Club in April, 2018 for Archer Glen, Edy Ridge, Hopkins and Middleton.  2,153 students were screened in 2018, with a 6% referral rate.

The 2019 Vision Screenings are scheduled for the following dates (Please note:  the order in which the schools are screened may change):  

     Tuesday, April 16, 2019         Middleton Elementary
     Thursday, April 18, 2019       Archer Glen Elementary
     Tuesday, April 23, 2019         Edy Ridge Elementary
     Thursday, April 25, 2019       Hopkins Elementary

Please note that Scoliosis Screening is also planned for 5th graders in conjunction with the Vision Screenings. See below for more information about the Scoliosis Screening.

Please contact the District Nurses if you have any questions about the Vision Screening.

For those parents/guardians needing financial assistance for vision issues for their child, please contact the District Nurses.

Scoliosis Screenings for 5th Grade Students:

392 students received Scoliosis/Posture screening in 2018, with a 6.6% referral rate.

Scoliosis Screenings/Posture Screenings will be provided for 5th grade students during the scheduled Vision Screenings (dates are listed above). 
  • Scoliosis is commonly called "curvature of the spine" and is an exaggerated side to side curvature of the spine -- the spine either curves to the right or the left, or both.
  • Kyphosis is an accentuated curvature of the thoracic spine causing a rounded upper back.
  • Lordosis is when the lower back curves inward more than usual (sometimes called "sway back").
The District Nurses will look at the student's posture to check that shoulders and hips are even with each other (symmetrical).  Students will also bend over so that the nurses can test to see if the spine is in a straight line.  The student will be fully clothed, and the screening is not painful and not invasive.  Parents will be notified if a curvature or variation in posture is detected and if a visit to the Pediatrician is suggested.  

Please contact the District Nurses is you have any questions about the Scoliosis Screening.

Youth Heart Screenings for High School Freshmen (see note regarding other grades):  

PlaySmart Heart Screenings were conducted in October, 2017 and May, 2018 at Sherwood High School.  201 students received PlaySmart Heart Screening during the 2017/2018 school year, with a 4% referral rate.

We will be having PlaySmart screenings again next school year on the following dates:

     Wednesday, November 7, 2018
     Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Note:  for Freshmen or students in other grades (ages 12 - 18, or older than 18 if still in high school), free heart screening can be arranged as needed through Providence -- you do not need to wait until the scheduled screening date if you are concerned about your child

Please contact the District Nurses if you have any questions regarding student heart health
(a link to the District Nurses is below).
  • Youth Heart Screenings are conducted by Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and they will send the results directly to the parent/guardian by email or U.S. mail.  
  • To learn more about the "Play Smart" heart screening program or to schedule an appointment, please click here: PlaySmart

Parents will only be notified if their child's screening 
results warrant follow up with a health care provider. 

If you have any questions about health 
screenings please contact the District Nurses.