Growth Screening

  • The height and weight of each student in grades K-12 is measured annually.  These numbers are then used to calculate the student's BMI (body mass index) which must be reported to the parent/guardian in writing annually. 

    Being either overweight or underweight can put a person at risk for certain health problems.  A student who is overweight has an increased risk of developing serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and certain cancers.  A student who is underweight has an increased risk for heart problems, loss of bone mass, and anemia.  Underweight may also be a sign of an underlying eating disorder.


    Many factors, including sports participation or family history, can influence height and weight in children and adolescents.  BMI should be considered a screening tool and not a definitive measure of overweight and obesity as the indicator does have limitations. Your child's health care provider is the best person to determine if your child's measurements are within a normal range for your child.






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