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The school health team visits secondary schools annually to conduct health screening of students.  The table below provides information on the types of screening provided for secondary school students.


Educational Level

Type of Screening

Secondary 1

  • Spinal screening
  • Review of health conditions where applicable

Secondary 2

  • Hearing screening
  • Vision screening (Eyesight test)
  • Spinal screening
  • Pubertal screening
  • Review of health conditions where applicable

Secondary 3 and 4

  • Review of health conditions where applicable​

Types of screening

Hearing screen

Hearing issues may affect learning. Early detection and correction of hearing issues ensure that your child's learning ability will not be affected.

The student will be asked to put on headphones and have his/her hearing tested with an audiometer. If the student cannot hear all or some of the sounds, he/she will be referred to the Student Health Centre for further assessment.

Please refer to the Advisory on the hearing test . The advisory lists signs and symptoms which may suggest that further assessment of your child's hearing is advisable.


Vision Screening

Good vision is very important for your child who is learning and growing. Early detection and correction of vision issues ensure that your child's learning ability will not be affected.

The student will be required to read off a chart, from a pre-determined distance to check his/her eyesight. If the student requires further assessment of his/her vision, he/she will be given a letter to see an optician.

Please refer to  Advisory on Vision Screening. This advisory provides information on signs and symptoms which may suggest that further assessment of a student's vision is advisable.


Spinal screening for Curved Spine (Scoliosis)

Scoliosis is a condition where the normally straight spine curves to form an "S" shape or "C" shape. This is a deformity of the spine and should not be confused with poor posture.

The student's back will be examined from behind with the student standing upright. The student will be asked to bend forward so that the nurse can screen for abnormal curvature of the backbone (Forward Bending Test). If required, your child will be referred to the Student Health Centre for further assessment.

Please access this Scoliosis Information Pamphlet for more information on Curved Spine (Scoliosis).


Pubertal screening

The student will be asked questions regarding the age of onset of menstruation (for girls) or the break of voice (for boys). 

Your child will be referred to the Student Health Centre for further assessment as required.

 

Review of health conditions where applicable

Any specific conditions detected during previous school health visits will be reviewed in subsequent school health visits as necessary.

As the health check-up provides screening for specific conditions only, please seek medical attention if you have any concerns about your child's health.

 

Revised Nov 2020


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