Health screenings required for all new students

All students entering government or private schools, including reception classes, for the first time in Cayman are required to have health screenings, which are available for free in district health clinics and Lighthouse School.

“This must be done before the new school year begins in September,” said School Health Coordinator Nurse Joanna Rose-Wright.

The screening comprises a growth and development assessment, screening for vision and hearing, a dental assessment, a review and administering of necessary immunisations and obtaining personal medical history.

Public Health Department staff will conduct the screenings, which are free to all students.

For students entering schools in West Bay and the Eastern districts, health screenings will be done at the district health centres until Friday, 28 June. For all other students, health screenings will take place at the Lighthouse School from 3 July to 23 August.

Appointments can be made at the school the child will be attending.

Nurse Rose-Wright reminded parents and guardians that they need to accompany their children to the health screening. They should also bring the child’s immunisation record.

“Vaccines will be offered to children whose immunisations are not up-to-date. A health screening certificate will then be issued which is to be taken to the child’s school,” she said.

Parents may have their child’s health screenings done by a private doctor, as long as they ensure that he or she completes the school health screening forms provided by the Public Health Department.

The completed forms should be handed in at the Lighthouse School during 3 July and 23 August, between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Outside of these dates, the forms can be taken to Cayman Islands Hospital’s Public Health Clinic. Once the record has been received, a health screening certificate will be issued which then must be taken to the school that the child is entering.

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

Detailed information sheets for parents and guardians are available at the schools.

For more information, contact nurse Rose-Wright on the following numbers: 244-2734, 244-2648, 926-3474 or 326-4882.

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