Graduation & Health Requirements

New Graduation Requirements

Students must meet high school graduation requirements according to their year of entry into 9th grade, which is referred to as their cohort. There are important differences between the requirements for each cohort, which include specific credits, assessment scores, GPA and community service to earn a standard high school diploma. Students and parents can learn about the graduation requirements for their respective cohort at: browardschools.com/graduation-requirements.

Health Screening Requirements

Florida Statute 381.0056 requires that health screenings be conducted at various grade levels. Trained school-based personnel, and district-level staff, and professionals perform these screenings. Below are the grade level screenings, which include: vision, hearing, Body Mass Index (BMI) and scoliosis. The required screenings are as follows:

Vision:

  • Students in Kindergarten, first, third and sixth grades
  • Students entering the Broward County School District for the first time
  • Students considered for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) placement

Hearing:

  • Students in Kindergarten, first, and sixth grades
  • Students entering Broward County Public Schools for the first time
  • Students considered for ESE placement

Body Mass Index (BMI):

  • Students in first, third, and sixth grades

Scoliosis:

  • All sixth grade students

The screenings and their results will be documented and placed in your child’s cumulative health record folder. Schools are encouraged to complete vision and hearing screenings during the first semester of school. BMI screenings and scoliosis screenings can be done anytime during the school year.

BMI documentation will be entered onto a graph. There are different graphs for boys and girls. Graphs will be placed in your child’s cumulative health folder. The same graph should be used each year when screening is done. If your child’s BMI is greater than the 95th percentile or below the 5th percentile, you will receive a letter with your child’s specific information and a recommendation to follow up with your child’s healthcare provider. You will receive a copy of the graph with the referral letter.

The following information is to assist you, as the parent/guardian, with providing health information required for your child to your school. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your school.

Health Conditions

PLEASE INFORM THE SCHOOL:
If your child is out sick with a diagnosed communicable illness, such as meningitis, measles, salmonella, etc.

If your student has any health conditions such as:

  • Allergic reactions (food, insect bites, etc.)
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Seizures
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Any other health condition

Please keep your child home:
If your child has flu-like symptoms such as, fever greater than 100.5, sore throat, cough, chills, body aches etc. Also keep your child home for rashes, yellow eye drainage, or greenish-yellow phlegm from a cough or cold, diarrhea, pink eye, etc.

To care for your student safely at school the following information is needed:

  • Updates & changes in health condition as they occur
  • Medications and treatments needed – must be documented on an Authorization for Medication/Treatment form
  • Emergency contacts (names and phone numbers)

Medication Administration

If your child needs to take medication at school or on a field trip, we need an Authorization for Medication/Treatment form completed and signed by you and your physician. This includes over the counter medication. A new permission form is being provided in the first day packet for the 2017-2018 school year regarding sunscreen and bug repellent. Parent(s) must give signed permission for his/her student to carry and self-apply sunscreen and bug repellent. No spray containers or aerosols will be allowed.

If your child has Diabetes:

  • A Diabetic Medication/Treatment Authorization form needs to be completed by your healthcare provider. There is also a separate Insulin Pump Medication/Treatment Authorization form that needs to be completed by your healthcare provider for students who receive insulin via an insulin pump
  • Parent must transport and deliver ALL medications to school staff in the original labeled container.
  • Plan ahead for field trips if your child needs medication on an overnight trip that he/she may not normally take at school.

Immunizations

  • Make sure the required immunizations are up to date. If you are not sure, you can check with your healthcare provider or the Department of Health-Broward School Health Centers and Health Department locations for immunizations.
  • If you have no insurance, request an application for Florida Kid-Care Routine screenings, such as vision, scoliosis, hearing, BMI are done according to state laws for certain grades.
  • Please follow up with your healthcare provider if you get a letter indicating your child did not pass a screening. If you do not wish for your child to participate in any of these screenings you need to inform the school in writing by completing the School Board of Broward County Health Screening Opt Out form.
  • You have the option to decline your child’s participation in the health screenings. Parents who wish to opt-out must complete the Opt-Out form and return to your child’s school. The completed Opt-Out Form will be included in your child’s cumulative health record. If you have any questions, please contact your school or Coordinated Student Health Services at (754) 321-2272.