Changes to school health screenings for 2014-15 year

Jul 1, 2014

Changes are coming to the health screenings Nebraska children have before starting school.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says starting Tuesday, health screenings will include a child’s height, weight, and body mass index. That’s in addition to vision, dental, and hearing screenings.

Judy Martin, Deputy Director for Community and Environmental Health for DHHS, says it's a more robust and comprehensive set of screenings for students.

Also, not all students will have to have a health screening before school starts. The changes mandate the screenings for pre-kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, seventh, and 10th grade students.

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