Vision and hearing screenings will be administered during the school year to all children in kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh grades, as well as any new students to the district, as required by state law.
Why is it important to have your child’s vision screened?
Students with vision problems do not know the way that they see the world is not the way they should be seeing it. Without early detection and treatment, vision problems can lead to permanent vision concerns and learning difficulties.
Vision screening will consist of one or more of the following:
- Distance visual acuity - ability to see objects far away
- Stereopsis Screening- helps to determine if a child is using both eyes together, and may identify a child who has or is at risk for amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Color vision - ability to see colors
Why is it important to have your child’s hearing screened?
Hearing is important for speech, language development, reading, and learning. A hearing screening can detect if your child needs further hearing testing. Even if your child has passed a hearing screening previously, their hearing can change. Hearing loss is difficult to detect and children may appear to not be paying attention.
Hearing screening will consist of the following tests:
- Audiometry - Screening of hearing acuity.
How will the results be shared?
If your child passes the screenings, you will not be contacted. A screening only provides a snapshot of how your child performs on the day the screening was administered and is not a substitute for a complete evaluation by a healthcare specialist. If your child fails either part of the screening, your School Nurse/Health Aide will contact you to share the results and may make a recommendation for further evaluation by a healthcare specialist.
If you have any questions about the school vision and hearing screening program, please contact your child’s school. If you would like to exempt your student from hearing and/or vision screening, please complete the Hearing and Vision Screening Waiver
and be sure to mark NO hearing or vision screenings during your online school registration each year.
For questions regarding vision and hearing screenings please contact: