Vision & Hearing
The Special Senses and Communication Disorders Act became effective in 1984. GISD adheres to the mandate. Grades mandated for vision and hearing screening are Head Start, Pre K, K 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades. New students who enter GISD will be screened within 120 days of enrollment. Also, screening will be done upon teacher/parent request.
State law requires all students to be screened for scoliosis in grades 5 and 8 or grades 6 and 9. School nurses will follow the Department of State Health Services guidelines for the screening.
Acanthosis Nigricans screening is required for 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades. This screenings is done by looking at the back of the students neck.
Acanthosis Nigricans is a light-brown to black, velvety, rough or thickened lesion on the surface of the skin. It is usually found around the neck, axillae and over the knuckles. Acanthosis Nigricans can be a primary marker that may signal high insulin levels, which can lead to insulin resistance and may develop into type 2 diabetes.
*Referrals will be made when appropriate with adequate follow-up to document student’s who receive medical evaluation and/or treatment.