About a quarter of all school-aged children have a significant vision problem. Common childhood eye conditions include nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), lazy eye (amblyopia), and misalignment of the eyes (strabismus). Early vision screening & intervention prepares a child for kindergarten & grade school. Left untreated, these eye conditions can create far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. nationalcenter.preventblindness.org
For every 1,000 children born 2-3 will develop hearing impairments, which can range from mild to profound. Many more children develop hearing problems after birth. These problems can have a negative impact on language and speech development, academic performance, and overall well-being. Research shows that identifying and treating hearing impairments early can help prevent these outcomes. American Speech Language Hearing Association
The nurses at ABC Unified school district provide vision and hearing screenings throughout the school year to identify and prevent barriers to learning early in a child's academic career.
Per California Education requirements, vision & hearing screenings are performed on:
- Students in grades TK, Kindergarten, 2, 5, and 8
- On first enrollment or entry in a California school
- Special education students for first time & 3 year evaluations
- Students of any grade level showing vision or hearing concerns
- Boys are tested for color vision in the first grade
- Students in 10th grade receive a hearing test only
If your child does not pass one of the above screenings, a report of results letter will be sent home.
Please contact your school nurse for support if cost is a concern in obtaining glasses or health services.
Source: National Association of School Nurses (NASN) & Education Code: 49452, 49455, 49456, 44873, 44877, 44878
Reminder: October 12, 2023 is "World Sight Day"