Students screened for hearing and vision; SW Campus next

With the start of the 2010-11 school year, it's important for students to be in the best position to learn.

That's why they took hearing and vision tests this week at the Northeast and East campuses. Pine Woods Screening Services visits the Southwest campus Sept. 13-17 for the testing of students in kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades.

Students also are examined for acanthosis nigricans, a skin condition that signals high insulin levels in the body The condition causes velvety, light-brown-to-black markings usually on the neck and under the arms, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology website. Acanthosis nigricans is most often associated with obesity and the testing can help identify people who run the risk of developing diabetes. Exercise and proper nutrition will help reduce the risk of the condition. The screening will be for students in first, third and fifth-graders.

According to its brochure, Pine Woods Screening Services provides parent letters and notices, memos outlining the screening process, copies of the results for parents and the school, a tally sheet of names for the school district and a checklist explaining post-screening procedures.

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