Nurse Note 8/26/22


“Changing lives with high quality educational experiences and a strong foundation of academic excellence.”

Dear Parent/Guardian,

There are certain health screenings which public schools are required by the state of Texas to provide to their students. As a public charter school, High Point Academy must participate in the required health screenings. These screenings will occur the week of October 10th. The following health screenings are required for Middle and High School students:

1) According to 25 TAC 37.23 (c), (d), students in grade 7 shall be screened for vision and hearing problems annually at any time during the reporting year prior to May 31. New students in any grade will also be screened.

2) According to House Bill 2989 and Health and Safety Code 95.001(1), students in grade 7 will also be screened for acanthosis nigricans. Acanthosis nigricans refers to a light brown or black velvety, rough or thickened area on the surface of the skin that may signal high insulin levels indicating insulin resistance. This will identify school children who are at risk of developing related conditions including Type 2 Diabetes and its numerous associated chronic health conditions. New students in any grade will also be screened.

3) According to 25 TAC 37.143 (a), (c), (d), female students in grades 7, and male students in grade 8, shall be screened for abnormal spinal curvature (scoliosis) before the end of the school year.

The student or minor student’s parent, managing conservator, or guardian may elect to substitute one or more professional examinations for the required screening test. According to Health and Safety Code 36.005 (a), if a student obtains a professional examination, results must be submitted to the school nurse for entry and documentation into the student’s health record. If no documentation is provided prior to the screening date, the student will be screened.

The School Nurse will also screen students in any other grades if there are concerns from parents, guardians and/or teachers that may indicate that the student may be having difficulty, or if requested by the 504 coordinator.

Thank you very much and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school nurse anytime.

Sincerely,

Carey Diner, RN BSN

carey.diner@hpafortworth.com


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Affidavit of Exemption

I _______________________________________, parent/ guardian of _____________________________________, (please print full name) (please print full name) Understand that Texas law requires all public and private schools to conduct health screenings in specified grades during the school year, and that it is illegal for me to refuse these screenings unless it against my religion

and will provide my religious affiliation in order to verify my refusal legitimacy. I also understand that my student

may be removed from the screening process if he/she is currently being seen/treated by a physician; in which

case I will provide the requested information to the school nurse within one week of the signing of this form.

I ask that my student,______________________________________, not be screened because (check one):



⃞ It is against our religious beliefs.

please list your religious affiliation

that keeps your student from being

screened by the school health care team:

__________________________________

⃞ My student is being followed by a physician for these conditions and documentation will be provided to the nurse from the physician.




_____________________________ _______________ (Parent/Guardian signature) (Date)



Carey Diner, RN, BSN

Middle School Nurse

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