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Information on Scoliosis Screening
Information Icon clip artScoliosis screening will not longer be done yearly at the school. 

To comply with Utah Law Rules for Examinations (53A-11-201) prescribed by the Department of Health, instructions on how to check your child for scoliosis are provided to parents of school age children grades fifth through eighth. 
 
Scoliosis is sideways twisting of the spine or backbone. It is usually detected in children between 10 and 14 years of age. Kyphosis, sometimes called roundback, is an exaggerated rounding of the upper back and may look like poor posture. 
 
Many cases of scoliosis and kyphosis are mild and require only ongoing observation by a physician. Others can worsen as your child grows and require treatment with bracing or surgery. Left untreated scoliosis/kyphosis may get worse as your child grows. Early detection and treatment are essential to help avoid complications that may include back pain, fatigue, reduced exercise tolerance, and in severe cases decreased heart and lung function.
 
The procedure for screening is simple. Looking at your child’s back while he/she stands and then bends forward can detect the presence of scoliosis or kyphosis. For simple instructions, click here.   
 
If you suspect your child has scoliosis or kyphosis you should contact your primary care physician and have your child checked. The school nurse may provide screening for individual students at the request of the parent or guardian.
 
If you have any questions, or would like your child to be screened, please contact our school nurse Paulette Staley at pstaley@murrayschools.org

Word of the Week: August 31 - September 4
Erudite (adjective) er-ye-dit
Definition:   Having or showing great knowledge or learning. 
Synonyms:  learned, scholarly
Antonyms:   ignorant, uneducated
"At the very least, a large vocabulary makes it easy to fake being erudite."
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