Electra ISD will be
conducting spinal screening on April 17th. The purpose of spinal screening is
to detect the signs of abnormal curves of the spine at their earliest stages so
that the need for treatment can be determined. Scoliosis, a common spinal
abnormality found in adolescents, is a sideways twisting of the spine. It is
usually detected in children between 10 and 14 years of age. Kyphosis,
sometimes called round back, is an exaggerated rounding of the upper spine and
is often confused with poor posture. Many cases of curvature of the spine are
mild and require only ongoing observation by a physician when they are first
diagnosed. Others can worsen with time as the child grows and require active
treatment such as surgery or bracing. Early treatment can prevent the
development of a severe deformity, which can affect a person’s appearance.
The procedure for screening
is simple. Screeners, Allison Young and Margaret Ballard, who have been
specially trained, will look at your child’s back while he/she stands and then
bends forward. For this examination, boys and girls will be seen separately and
STUDENTS SHOULD WEAR OR
BRING SHORTS TO SCHOOL FOR THE EXAM. ALL STUDENTS MUST REMOVE THEIR SHIRT FOR
THIS EXAM. FOR THIS REASON, WE REQUEST THAT GIRLS WEAR A HALTER TOP, TUBE TOP,
SPORTS BRA OR A TWO PIECE SWIMSUIT TOP UNDERNEATH THEIR SHIRT ON EXAM DAY.
Parents will be notified
of the results of the screening only is professional follow-up is necessary.
This screening procedure does not replace your child’s need for regular health
care and checkups.
According to state law,
all students in grades 6 and 9 must receive the spinal screening. If, for
religious reasons, you do not wish to have you child screened, you are to
submit an affidavit of religious exemption or contact this office no later than
April 17, 2014.
Thank you for your