Policies and Procedures Handbook

Last Updated: 2/22/2005
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550


Administrative Procedures

Parents/guardians will be notified of the scoliosis screening program prior to screening.  The attached sample letter may be used for notification.

Initial screening of all 6th and 8th grade students shall be completed according to the following procedures.

  1. Initial screening shall be conducted by physical education teachers at Northern Middle School and Southern Middle School.  School Nurses or Garrett County Health Department nurses may assist.
  2. Initial screening at Bloomington School and Swan Meadow School shall be conducted by the physical education teacher, the physical therapist, or another trained staff member as designated by the principal.  School Nurses or Garrett County Health Department nurses may assist.
  3. In all cases, initial screening shall be conducted by a male for male students and by a female for female students.
  4. In all cases, those conducting the screenings shall be trained by the physical therapist or other appropriate health professionals.
  5. Any student who exhibits signs and symptoms of scoliosis, pronounced kyphosis, or pronounced lordosis shall be referred to the school nurse for re-screening.  Subsequent to re-screening, the school nurse will be responsible for notifying parents/guardians of students found in need of medical follow-up for suspected cases of scoliosis, kyphosis, or lordosis.
  6. Statistical information will be reported to the Garrett County Health Department.


Source: COMAR 13A.05.05.07

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Dear Parents:

As part of the Public Schools's health screening program, scoliosis screening will be provided for all 6th and 8th grade students during the coming weeks. Scoliosis is a lateral curvation of the spine, and screening involves a visual examination of the spine by a trained examiner. Early detection and treatment (where indicated) can prevent later health problems and need for surgical correction.

If your child is currently under a doctor's care for scoliosis or you prefer not to have your child screened, please notify the school in writing.  Only those students with a signed letter will be excused from the screening.


(Adm. Procedure 472.61 - 7/10/86)

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Pupil Services 472.61 AAC
Adopted 7/10/1986

Revised 7/13/1999