From the Vision First Foundation:
“Your child will be given a vision screening during this school year. Before a screening is conducted it is important parents are informed vision screening is not a substitute for an eye examination.
You will be notified if your child failed the screening. If your child passed, this screening should not replace an eye appointment with an eye doctor. Vision screening does not evaluate eye health and important vision skills needed for success in school. Only an examination by an eye doctor can identify eye and vision problems and prescribe treatment.
Since academic learning is 80% visual and vision problems are best detected and treated early, a comprehensive eye and vision examination is recommended. Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for success in school”
The objective of screening students is to detect health problems and to make referrals to the appropriate agencies for the benefit of the students' educational process. Within Birdville ISD, a screen team is utilized per campus nurse request.
The State of Texas now mandates that school nurses screen and report evidence of Acanthosis Nigricans and weight-related risk factors for 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders, and any other students at risk. These screenings are required in order to better indicate Acanthosis Nigricans as a warning sign for insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.
Vision and Hearing
The school population to be screened for a vision and hearing problems is prekindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th, grades.
Students in grades six (6) and nine (9) shall be screened for abnormal spinal curvature before the end of the school year. Students failing two spinal examinations require a referral.
The student or minor student's parent, managing conservator, or guardian may elect to substitute one or more professional examinations for any or all of the required screening tests. (See Form Request Exemption from Screening)