Each school year the school nurse and parent volunteers will conduct a vision screening in the elementary schools and middle schools. The grade levels screened include: Early Childhood, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 3, and grade 6. Parents can also refer their student for vision testing at any grade level by contacting the school nurse and requesting a screening.
Components of the screening will test both vision used to read a book as well as distance vision. Vision screenings will be held at school registration or in the fall of the school year. If your child has difficulty with the vision screening tests the school nurse will send a referral card home with your child encouraging you to have further testing done with a vision specialist. The school nurse will follow up with the parent to ensure they receive the referral and have a vision specialist they can go to.
If you cannot afford the cost of a vision exam by a specialist or the cost of new glasses let your school nurse know. They can assist in getting resources to help pay of the vision
exam and new glasses.
Each school year the speech and language pathologist in the elementary school will conduct a hearing screening. The grade levels screened include: Early childhood, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 3. Students who do not pass the initial screening will be screened a second time about one month after the initial screening. If the student does not pass this second screening they will be given a referral card to bring home encouraging parents to have the student seen by a hearing specialist for further testing.
The school nurse will follow up with the parent to ensure they received the referral card and have a hearing specialist they can go to for additional testing.
Each school year a dental screening and fluoride varnish program is provided to elementary school age students who are eligible for Medicaid health insurance and have a signed permission form completed by their parent. The dental screening is done by a registered dental hygienist. Fluoride varnish is applied to each eligible student’s teeth three times during the school year. The Fluoride varnish helps to strengthen the student’s teeth to prevent cavities.
If the dental hygienist believes the student needs to be seen by a dentist a referral note will be sent home with the student. The school nurse will follow up with the parent to see if they have a dentist for their student to see for further dental care. Special arrangements have been made with dentists in the community to accept students who do not have a dentist.