Reception school health screenings required

The Public Health Department is advising parents and guardians that all reception students who entered the school system in September 2012 are required to have health screenings to continue to year one of primary education.

“Since 2012, the reception program was extended to several primary schools, however, School Entry Screening was not customarily done for children entering reception, due to their age,” said School Health Coordinator Joanna Rose-Wright.

She added: “For the convenience of parents, health screenings will be conducted during the month of May for these students, at the school in which they are enrolled.”

The screenings involved a growth and development assessment, vision and hearing checks and a dental assessment. Public Health staff will also seek to obtain a personal medical history for each child.

A review for necessary immunisations will also be conducted and parents will be advised to have this done at the health centre, or by the child’s paediatrician. No immunisation will be given at the time of screening.

Parents will be advised of the date for screening by the school and will be asked to indicate if they wish to be present. If a parent does not wish to have his/her child screened at school, parents must make their own arrangements.

Screenings are scheduled to be carried out as follows: Savannah Primary on 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17 May; George Town Primary on 8, 13 and 15 May; Sir John A. Cumber Primary on 10, 13, 14 17 and 24 May; Bodden Town Primary on 17 and 24 May; East End Primary on 27 and 31 May; and North Side Primary on 29 May.

In Cayman Brac, appointments for reception school entry screening can be made by contacting Public Health Nurse Nelsie Jones at Faith Hospital on 948-2243.

For further information, contact Nurse Rose-Wright on 244-2734/244-2648.

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