Spinal Screening Program

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The Department of State Health Services is soliciting comments from stakeholders regarding a proposed amendment to the Spinal Screening Program rules. The proposed amendment will delete §37.144(b)(2) of the current rules. The purpose of this proposed change is to clarify the program rules. A link to the current rules and statute can be found below. Informal comments may be submitted through 3/16/16.

Spinal Screening Rule, Texas Administrative Code

Abnormal Spinal Curvature in Children, Texas Health and Safety Code

Comments may be submitted to elijah.brown@dshs.state.tx.us. You may also mail written comments to:

Spinal Screening Program
Elijah Brown-Mail Code 1938
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

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Spinal Screening Grades for the 2015/2016 School Year

In response to continued discussions with many of you and further review, the Department of State Health Services has determined that flexibility exists in the current rule language to allow schools to screen for spinal abnormality in grades 6th and 9th, or 5th and 8th. The department recognizes that although legislation did not pass this session to statutorily align spinal screening requirements with the recommendations of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), future efforts to change the existing statutory spinal screening requirements may occur through the legislative process. The need to propose rule changes in the future is likely and the department commits to work closely with all stakeholders to inform and solicit input.

Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, Abnormal Spinal Curvature requires screening for abnormal spinal curvature for students in grades 6 and 9 attending public and private schools. Schools ensure that enrolled students comply with the screening requirement.  Schools are required to notify the parent or guardian if a student shows any signs of a possible abnormal spinal curvature. Parents or guardians may substitute professional examination for the screening.

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)

Contact the Health Screening Group by Email

Last updated February 18, 2016