During the month of February, Atlanta Public Schools Health Services program will conduct annual mandated scoliosis spinal screenings for middle school 6th and 7th grade students. This screening is required to detect suspected curvature of the spine. Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine usually developing in early adolescence. The screening is a 30-second visual assessment in which the nurse will look at the student’s back in the standing position and the forward bending position. A parental notification opt-out letter will be sent to parents/guardians; those who do not want their child to participate must complete and return the form. Completed opt-out letters must be received within 10 days of the scheduled screening. Students who do not return a letter will be screened as mandated.