One of the major responsibilities of the school nurse is to perform a vision screening on each student so that the students with visual impairments are identified. “Vision problems affect one in twenty preschoolers and one in four school-age children.” (Prevent Blindness America, 2000) Since vision problems affect the educational development of children, early detection is extremely important to assure that every child has the opportunity to receive the best possible education.
If your child passes their yearly school vision screening, you will not receive notification. Only students that fail a screening will receive a referral in the mail. Please remember that school vision tests are only screenings and cannot replace a more thorough eye exam done by an eye doctor.
Occasionally a student can not be screened at school for various reasons. In this case, the nurse will notify you and request the testing be completed privately as this screening is state mandated.
If you have any concerns about your child’s vision, please contact your school nurse to complete your child’s screening. Then follow up with your child’s pediatrician or eye doctor. A parent can be a child’s greatest advocate.
Hearing screenings are done on every child in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, and 11.
A threshold test is administered to those students who fail the original screening. If a child fails the threshold test a referral form will be sent home and the student is recommended to be further evaluated by a doctor. This form should be returned to the school nurse with the doctor’s signature on it.
If at any point during your child’s career at Wilson you feel your child is having difficulty hearing please notify the school nurse and a screening will be done, regardless of the current grade.