From the School Nurse’s Office:

 

Opt-Out of Health Screenings Letter

As school nurses, we work to support your child’s overall health and well-being, as countless research studies support the connection between good health and learning outcomes. We are here to help you and your child understand health-related growth and development. During the next few months, we will be conducting the Massachusetts state-mandated screenings for vision and hearing. Children who wear glasses should be sure they have them in school. Not every screening is administered in every grade level; see the grade level designation for each screening area below.

In addition to vision and hearing, as mandated by the state of Massachusetts, all students in grade 1, 4, 7, 10 will have their height and weight measured to be used to calculate their body mass index (BMI). BMI is a screening tool to determine whether a child is potentially underweight or overweight. Your child’s BMI is based on the ratio of height to weight and reported as a percentile ranking considering the child’s age and gender. The CDC created these rankings to identify children who may be at specific health risks, such as insulin resistance, and heart disease.

All medical information is kept strictly confidential. Parents and legal guardian may request in writing that their child not participate in screening, BMI determination and/or head checks for lice. Please fill out the Opt-Out form should you wish to opt-out of any of the above screenings.

This form is available at
https://forms.gle/m4kbNwmceLDv8ode9
Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Cindy Fiore 978-352-8616 or cfiore@boxfordschools.org

Thank You
Cindy Fiore