Hearing screenings are done in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 and also for new students and by request. The school’s speech and hearing therapist helps.
Scoliosis screenings are performed in grades 4-9. Referrals are made when necessary and often end in treatments ranging from exercises and braces to surgical interventions. “We do a second screening on the students who fail the first screening” with the help of a Greater Cincinnati Spinal Deformity Center nurse. Twenty-two students were referred last year.
A dentist examined 54 students at BPS, BIS and BMS. X-rays and cleanings also were done. Six students needed urgent care and 20 cavities were discovered. “We are going to continue this program and hope more of our students take advantage of this opportunity,” she said.
About 1,022 students were checked for head lice at BPS and BIS a year ago and BMS and BHS kids were screened as needed. Fifty-one visited clinics due to lice as well with the majority at BPS. “A lot of teaching and education goes into this area.”
To keep employees healthy, Walk Across America is continuing. “We will walk 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring.” Last year the central office won the building competition. A third staff health fair occurred in January. “We offered a skin cancer screening for staff and family, performed by Southeastern Indiana Dermatology. Eighty staff and family members were screened. Numerous referrals were made and many had significant findings.”
Vonderheide listed 17 health goals for the 2013-14 school year. Among them:
• Continue to develop an asthma program for all schools. Educate students and staff on what the triggers are and what to do.
• Develop a skin care program. Educate students, staff and parents on the importance of using sun block and keeping the skin healthy.
• Continue to explore with the cafeteria staff healthier choices for the lunch lines through training and education. She wants to form a cafeteria committee with teachers, students and the four cafeteria managers to obtain feedback.