LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Tara Winchester's daughter started kindergarten this year. Winchester says she received what she considers a concerning form from the Long Beach School District.
"Your child's school district has a contract with a medical facility to screen your child for vision, hearing, medical problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, allergies, heart murmurs, anemia, and developmental delays, and dental problems. So, if you return this form, you're consenting to all of that," said Winchester.
The Mississippi Department of Education already requires vision and hearing screenings for incoming kindergartners, but the medical screening option is new.
"My concern is the medical screening is not required until fall of 2018. However, this paperwork clearly says this form must be returned to the school, and it's a state requirement," said Winchester.
WLOX News Now reached out to the school district office about the wording of the form. School officials sent back the following statement:
Winchester says a district employee did tell her she could have her child's doctor fill out the paperwork to avoid being screened by the school.