Mandated Health Services
The Pennsylvania Public School Code requires certain school health services for all children of school age. For a specific grid outlining the mandated services, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.
More specifically, the state-mandated program requires physical exams for entry to school, grades 6 and 11. All students in Kindergarten through 12th grade will have a growth (height, weight, and BMI) and vision screening. Hearing screenings occur in Kindergarten through third grade, as well as in grades 7 and 11. Scoliosis screenings are completed in grades 6 and 7. Dental exams are required for school entry, grades 3 and 7
Forms can be downloaded here.
Health screening results will be posted annually to the parent portal in Sapphire. If you prefer or require a paper copy of your child’s health screening results, please contact the certified school nurse in your student’s building.
These links provide more information about growth patterns in children.
- Body Mass Index (BMI) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) BMI calculator for children and teens
- Growth Chart - The CDC's growth charts
- Healthy Children - From the American Academy of Pediatricians, a website committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all
- Childhood Obesity - Information from the CDC on childhood obesity
- Food and Nutrition Service - Information on school lunch programs sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture
- Fighting Childhood Obesity - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation programs to fight childhood obesity
- Mayo Clinic - Information from the Mayo Clinic on childhood obesity