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 2019/2020 calendar year:


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

The Dental Screenings for 2019/2020:

     Friday, February 21, 2020      Hopkins
     Friday, February 28, 2020     Edy Ridge
     Friday, March 6, 2020            Archer Glen
     Friday, March 13, 2020          Middleton        

Please contact the District Nurses if you have any questions about the Dental Screening. 
Results from the Dental Screening will be sent home to the parent/guardian in backpack mail. 
A copy of the results will go in the student file.


Hearing Screenings for First Grade Students:    

Hearing Screenings are conducted by the Portland State University Audiology Department with assistance from Sherwood School District Speech and Language Pathologists.  345 students were screened in the 2018/2019 school year with an overall referral rate of 4%.

Screening Dates for the 2019/2020 School Year:

Friday, October 18, 2019     Edy Ridge and Hopkins
Friday, November 1, 2019   Archer Glen and Middleton
  
Please contact the District Nurses if you have any questions about the Hearing Screening.
Results from the Hearing Screening will be sent home to the parent/guardian in backpack mail. 
A copy of the results will go in the student file.

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 are conducted by Lions Club at Sherwood Elementary Schools.  2,153 students were screened in 2018/2019, with a 6% referral rate.

Screening Dates for the 2019/2020 School Year:  

     Tuesday, January 14, 2020       Hopkins
     Thursday, January 16, 2020     Middleton
     Tuesday, January 28, 2020      Edy Ridge
     Thursday, January 30, 2020    Archer Glen

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.
Results from the Vision Screening will be sent home to the parent/guardian in backpack mail only if the student has a "referral".  Most students pass the screening and their "passing" results will not be sent home to the parent/guardian unless specifically requested.  A copy of the results will go in the student file.

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 2018/2019, with a 6.6% referral rate.

Our District Nurses conduct the Scoliosis Screenings/Posture Screenings 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 occurs 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.  
Results from the Scoliosis Screening will be sent home to the parent/guardian in backpack mail.  A copy of the results will go in the student file.




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

We will be having these PlaySmart screenings in 2019/2020:

     Tuesday, November 5, 2019
     Tuesday, April 7, 2020
 
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.   
See below for a link to PlaySmart.

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 the address you provide.  
  • The PlaySmart Heart Screening is an "opt in" screening -- we only screen those students whose parent/guardian fills out consent forms.  Students age 18 can give their own consent to be screened.

    Consent Form:  Click here   Questionnaire  Click here
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  • 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.