Vision and Hearing
These screenings are done throughout the year for new students and all students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th. Vision and/or hearing screenings may be done on any student at the request of a parent or teacher. The Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes is also completed at the same time as the vision and hearing screening for 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students.
5th grade Girls are screened for scoliosis during the fall semester. A parent letter, with more information regarding the scoliosis screening will be sent when it is closer to the screening time.
Texas Risk Assessment of Type 2 Diabetes
The Texas Risk Assessment of Type 2 Diabetes in Children (formerly the ANTES program) screens for Acanthosis Nigricans during the vision/hearing screenings for 1st, 3rd and 5th. Acanthosis Nigricans, AN for short, is a skin condition that signals high insulin levels in the body. This state mandated program helps assess children who may be at high risk to develop type 2 diabetes. Children who are identified with the marker are also assessed for body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure. Risk assessments are issued to the parents of these children, alerting parents of the child's risk factors and encouraging further evaluation from a health professional.