Vision and hearing program summarized as follows:
- Initial Screening Event : where vision and hearing testing is implemented
- Rescreen Event : where repeat vision and/or hearing test occurs for students who previously failed a test. (Scheduled10-14 days following Initial Screening Event)
- Threshold Testing : (audiograms) following hearing test failures at Rescreen Event
- Monitoring : Via Annual Threshold testing as long as deficit exists or student graduates
- Follow-up/Referral Work : Involving written and/or verbal communications with parents/guardians to share screening results and recommendations of Illinois Department of Public Health for further examination.
- Required Documentation and Reporting : (Illinois Department of Public Health Vision and Hearing Conservation Annual Reports are due June 30th each year)
Child Vision and Hearing Test Act
Vision and hearing screening services shall be administered to all children as early as possible, but no later than their first year in any public or private education program, licensed day care center, or residential facility; and periodically thereafter. (410 ILCS 205/et seq)
IDPH Mandated Screening Population within all public, private or parochial school programs:
Vision: Preschool, 2nd grade, and 8th grade students, students who attend special education classes or are new to the school district, plus Kindergarteners without a current vision exam on file.
Hearing: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students, students who attend special education classes or are new to the school district
Students who are referred by teachers or parents may also be screened for vision and/or hearing.
IDPH Recommended Screening Population within all public, private or parochial school programs:
Vision: Grades 4, 6, 10 and 12
Hearing: Grades 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12
Laws regarding exemptions from screening:
“A student may submit a signed form indicating that they have had an ear exam by a physician and an audiological evaluation within the previous 12 months in lieu of school testing.”
“A student may submit a signed form indicating that they have had an eye exam by a M.D. specializing in diseases of the eye or a licensed optometrist within the previous 12 months in lieu of school testing.”
“No child is required to submit to any test if the parent or guardian objects on constructional grounds, and submits a written statement of such objection to the agency administering the screening services. (410 ILCS 205/6)
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IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) Hearing & Vision Section
IDPH Vision Screening Code, Administrative Code Section 685.110
IDPH Hearing Screening Code, Administrative Code Section 675.110