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The Fulton County School System will soon conduct the annual mandated Scoliosis Screening Program during the months of February and March 2016 in all Fulton County Middle Schools to identify children with suspected curvature of the spine. Crabapple Middle School will conduct screenings on February 9, 2016. According to available information, it is known that two to three children out of every 100 may have Scoliosis. If this condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spine deformity can usually be prevented.
The procedure for screening is a simple test in which the screener (nurse, PE teacher, coach, or trained volunteer) looks at the child's back in the standing position and in several bending positions. The screening is not embarrassing. Boys and girls will be screened separately. Girls should wear a halter, bra or bathing suit top underneath their clothing on the day of the screening. Boys are screened with their shirts removed.
If your child has a suspected curvature, you will be notified in writing advising you of the findings and recommendations regarding follow-up. You will be advised to take your child to your doctor or healthcare provider for further evaluation. The schools will mail letters directly to parents.