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Vision & Hearing Screenings

January 9, 2012

From Barb Germann, Health Services Coordinator:

Vision and hearing screenings are completed annually on students in the grade levels listed below. The vision and hearing screening programs are for the purpose of the identification and prevention of vision and hearing impairments in students. Screenings are a limited process and do not diagnose visual or auditory problems, but rather indicate a potential need for further evaluation.

Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Children are not required to undergo the vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.
The screenings are a school health requirement of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Parents wishing to object to this examination for religious reasons must submit to the school a written statement that fully sets forth the religious belief that is the basis for the objection.

The following students will be screened annually -

VISION

• all pre-school
• Kindergarten
• 2nd
• 8th
• all students in special education
• teacher referrals
 students transferring in who have not been previously screened
 and case study evaluations if previous results of screening not within last 6 months
In lieu of the screening a completed and signed report form indicating that an eye examination by an MD specializing in diseases of the eye, or one by a licensed optometrist, has been administered within the previous 12 months is acceptable.

HEARING

• all pre-school
• Kindergarten
• 1st
• 2nd
• 3rd
• all students in special education
• teacher referrals
 students transferring in who have not been previously screened
 and case study evaluations if previous results of screening not within last 6 months
In lieu of screening, a completed and signed report form, indicating that the child has had an ear examination by a physician and an audiological evaluation completed by an audiologist within the previous 12 months is acceptable.
In case of known hearing loss, an audiological evaluation completed by an audiologist within the previous 12 months may be accepted instead of threshold monitoring services.