Nebraska - Preventive health screenings in HS—BMI: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses body mass index screening or requires height AND weight measurement.

173 NAC 7 7-004 SCREENINGS TO BE PERFORMED

7-004.01 Students in Nebraska schools must be screened periodically for vision, hearing, and dental health. In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services prescribes height and weight measurement for the purpose of monitoring weight/height status at intervals for all students. The DHHS Minimum Required Health Screening schedule is shown in Attachment 1. Attachments 2A through 2E, incorporated herein by reference, contain the Competencies for each required screening. Additional resources on school health screening topics are available from the DHHS School Health Program.


173 NAC 7 ATTACHMENT 1

ATTACHMENT 1: DHHS MINIMUM REQUIRED ANNUAL SCHOOL HEALTH SCREENINGS
SCREENING by Grade or Age Level For procedural guidelines and competencies for each screening, see DHHS School Health Guidelines for Nebraska Schools.
Age 3-5 yrs K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
HEARING: pure tone audiometry annually X X X X X X X
VISION: distance annually X X X X X X X
VISION: hyperopia (near vision) X X
DENTAL: inspection of teeth annually X X X X X X X
**HEIGHT/WEIGHT STATUS: body mass index percentile annually annually X X X X X X X
Physical Examination By physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse X X
Visual Evaluation By physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, or optometrist. X

Additional Indications for Screening:

  1. New to district at any time, with no previous screening results available.
  2. Student enters the Student Assistance Process, with no recent or current screening results available.
  3. Periodic screenings as specified by the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  4. Nurse concern, i.e. sudden wt. loss/gain, change in stature or appearance; parent or teacher concern; audiologist referral.
  5. Unremediated concerns from previous year.
    Notes:
    1. The student with known hearing or vision deficits may not need periodic screenings for these conditions. This will be determined on an individual basis by the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or school personnel following the student.
    2. Screening results may be taken from physical examination, visual evaluation, or dental examination reports if equivalent screening results are available and documented.
    3. If parent/guardian wishes to refuse school health screening, parents/guardian must submit written statement(s) from a qualified examiner that the child has received the minimum required screenings within the past six months or the child will be screened at school.
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