Students attending public schools in Nebraska this fall will undergo a different set of health screenings as new standards are being issued by the state Department of Health.
Judy Martin, Deputy Director for Community and Environmental Health, says the changes should help student performance.
“These new screenings will also include height, weight and body mass index,” Martin says. “We feel those new enhanced screenings give both schools and parents a better picture of what’s going on with their children’s health.”
Martin says children in kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, seventh and tenth grades will be screened.
“These are key grades for students,” Martin says. “Know that these screenings are a big job for schools to undertake. It’s a fewer number of students that are being screened each year but the amount of screening by adding the height, weight and body mass index has increased.”
Martin says the screenings are designed to identify any health issues that may prevent children from performing at their full potential.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton