Student health screenings begin next month

The Public Health Department will conduct free health screenings over the summer for all first-time students entering government or private schools in the Cayman Islands.

All children entering public or private schools for the first time in September are required to have health screenings.
All children entering public or private schools for the first time in September are required to have health screenings.

From June 1-30, health screenings will take place at district health centers, for students entering schools in the West Bay and eastern districts.

For all other students, health screenings will take place at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre Campus from July 6 to Aug. 22.

The screenings are mandatory for first-time students.

“The Education Department mandates that these screenings must be completed before the new school year begins in September,” said School Health Coordinator Carvell Bailey, who noted that students entering reception programs are also included.

Screenings include a growth and development assessment, vision, hearing and dental, and administering necessary immunizations and obtaining students’ personal medical history.

Ms. Bailey said vaccines will be offered to children whose immunizations are not up-to-date.

A health screening certificate will be issued to each child to be presented at school in September.

Appointments for screenings can be made at the school the child will be attending. Parents and guardians are reminded that they need to accompany their children to the health screening, and should bring their child’s immunization record.

Completed forms should be handed in at the CIFEC Campus between July 6 and Aug. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Outside of these dates, the forms can be taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital’s Public Health Clinic.

In Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, appointments for school entry screenings can be made by contacting public health nurse Paula Moore-Simpson at Faith Hospital.

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

For more information, call Ms. Bailey on 244-2734 or 244-2648, or Ms. Moore-Simpson at 948-2243 or 244-7643.

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