Scoliosis screening is required for all students in the 6th and 8th grades who attend public school in Georgia.
Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine.
About 3% of children are affected by scoliosis.
It can occur at any age but is often noticeable between the ages of 9 and 16, when growth occurs rapidly.
Early detection is important to avoid potentially serious problems later in life if a spinal curve is not recognized, treated, and it continues to progress.
The screening test is an observation of the child’s back, shoulders, and hips when standing and bending forward.
Effingham County School District screenings are conducted by Registered Nurses
There are options for how the screening can be completed:
Submit a completed Form #4400, (Spanish version) Certificate of Scoliosis screening. Form #4400 can be completed by a physician with an active GA license or person working under the supervision of a physician with an active GA license, the local health department, or licensed school nurse.
Children can participate in a school scoliosis screening event. Students without a completed Form #4400 on file will participate in the scoliosis screening during a school screening event.
Parents or guardians can choose not to have their student screened for scoliosis by selecting the opt-out option on Form #4400 and returning it to school. Form 4400 must be returned by March 8, 2024. If you do not want your child to be screened, or is already under a doctor's care, please return this form.