Health screenings and assessments are a group of screening procedures which, when combined with health history, parent and staff observations and the school nurse’s professional judgment, provide an indication of health status. Health screenings are not intended to diagnose defects or pathology, but to evaluate the need for further medical or other professional care.
A program of early identification, diagnosis and correction of childhood vision difficulties is an essential part of all child health programs. Screenings are required by the Ohio Department of Health and done under the authority of the Ohio Revised Code, section 3313.69. All students in grades Preschool, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 will have a general distance vision exam. Grades K and 1 screenings also include assessment for eye muscle balance, stereopsis, and color perception (males only). Students new to the district will also be screened during their first year of enrollment.
Parents are notified of exam failures only. If your child passes school screenings, no notification will be sent. If a student fails vision screening, a Referral Form will be sent home. This form should be completed by your eye care professional and returned to the school nurse.
A program of early identification, diagnosis and correction of childhood hearing difficulties is an essential part of all child health programs. Hearing screenings are done on students in Preschool, K,1, 3, 5, 9, & 11th grade. Referral letters are mailed home for failures only.