Spinal Screening Program


Program Overview                                                                                                                                                                                             

Doctor pointing at x-ray of back

In 1985 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 832 which requires screening for abnormal spinal curves for students in grades 6 and 9 attending public and private schools. The school is then required to notify the parents if a child shows any signs of a possible curvature. Screening should be done during the growth spurt years, ages 10-14 years (Grades 5-9), to detect spinal deformities early. The screening requirement for children entering grades 6 and 9 may be met if the child has been screened for spinal deformities by a physician and a record has been provided. Schools may implement a program that includes screening in the 5th and 8th grades, instead of grades 6 and 9.

Spinal Screening Program
Health Screening Group-Mail Code 1938
PO Box 149347 / Austin, Texas 78714-9347
1100 West 49th Street / Austin, Texas 78756-3199
512-776-7420 (phone)
Toll Free 1-800-252-8023 extension 6687
512-776-7256 (fax)

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Last updated August 18, 2014