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Scoliosis Screening


Dear Parent/Guardian: 

  Screening of public school children is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Scoliosis screening will be conducted at Pleasant Valley Middle School for 7th graders.   The Certified School Nurse will conduct the screening in school. The purpose of the screening program is to detect possible curvature of the spine in children.  If the condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spinal deformity may be prevented. 

   The screening test is very simple and can be performed in less than a minute.  The school nurse will check your child’s back by observing it while your child is standing and bending forward. To assure a view of the spine, we will request that students expose their backs during screening. Confidentiality and privacy will be maintained.  You will be contacted if there is any reason to have your child examined by your pediatrician, family physician, or orthopedist.  

  Your cooperation is essential to help us make the program run smoothly.  If you have any objections to having your child participate in the screening program, please inform the school nurse in writing or by email at