Health Services

SAMS Annual Spinal Screenings this Month - November 1, 2022
 
The SAMS annual spinal screenings will begin on November 8th for the 7th-grade girls and continue on November 9th for the 8th-grade boys. 
 
Trained screeners will check your child for signs of spinal problems like scoliosis. Catching a spinal problem early can make the treatment much easier. Not treating spinal problems can lead to serious health problems. The screening is simple. Screeners will look at your child’s back while he or she stands and bends forward.
 
Important Recommendations:
•         Girls should wear a thin, tight tank or a sports bra underneath their shirt on exam day.
•         Boys and girls will be screened separately and one at a time.
 
The school will send you a letter if your child does not pass the screening. The letter will tell you how to follow up with a doctor.
 
This screening is not a medical exam. Your child still needs to see a doctor for checkups.
 
If you do not wish to have your child screened for religious reasons, you must submit an exemption to the school no later than Nov 4, 2022.