Mental-health screening part of back-to-school routine in Wis. district

08/30/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Parents of ninth-graders in Fond du Lac, Wis., schools are asked to agree to a mental-health screening for their children as part of standard back-to-school permission forms sent home. The parental consent allows schools to administer short computerized questionnaires to students to help assess and identify potential mental-health concerns among students, who may not exhibit outward symptoms. "The majority of kids say they are better off for having been screened, and that's what makes us keep doing it," district health and safety coordinator Marian Sheridan said.

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