Vision Screening Guidelines

1.Each school MUST have a school based vision designee who is responsible to ensure that all students receive appropriate vision screening in a timely manner. We encourage the vision designee to attend a telebinocular workshop so they are knowledgeable of the process. Each school must also have enough trained vision screeners to complete the vision screening in a timely manner.

2.Vision screening is required for:

  • All Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 6th grade students
  • All new students to Broward County schools
  • All students referred for ESE placement (To expedite the process for ESE students, call your area vision contact person if these students are a vision referral)

3.Vision screening:

  • Screenings are to be performed by a telebinocular trained, school-based personnel or trained volunteer.  Students that successfully pass this screening may have the screening form placed in their cumulative health folder.
  • For the students who fail the screening, the school based vision designee will send a Vision Referral  Letter(Spanish)(Haitian Creole)(Portuguese) to the parent/guardian of each student who did not pass the vision screening and track responses. Vision Referral Letters are included in this packet.
  • If no response from the parent to the initial referral letter, a second follow-up letter (Spanish)(Haitian Creole)(Portuguese) should be sent in 4 weeks.
  • If the parent does not return the second letter to the school within 4 weeks, the school based vision designee will notify the school health personnel (on-site/on-call).  The school health personnel will contact the parent to inform them that their child did not pass the vision screening and needs follow up with a healthcare professional.
  • f you have any questions regarding vision screening process please call or e-mail:

North/North Central Area Schools:

The vision contact person is Diane Chaviano at 754-322-8009

South/South Central Area Schools:

The vision contact person is Cheryl Lindsay at 754-322-8009.

4.Student referred by the teacher with who has concerns about the student’s vision:

  • If a student who is not in the grade level that is required to be screened, he/she should be screened by the telebinocular trained, school-based personnel.
  • If a student is eligible for the program for visually impaired students, or has a current report from an eye care specialist, there is no reason to screen.

5.The school-based data entry operator will enter screening information for all students in the required grades on the A06 Health Panel.  The codes to be entered are:
U – Student was not screened. Unable to perform test
P – Student was not screened per parental request
Y – Student was screened and passed test
T – Student was screened, did not pass test and received follow-up evaluation (Complete Vision Outcome)
N – Student was screened, did not pass test and did not receive follow-up evaluation (Incomplete Vision Outcome)

6.Screenings should be scheduled or completed by December 17 of every school year.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact your area vision contact person at 754-322-8009 or Coordinated Student Health Services at 754-321-1575.

 

Vision Screening Guidelines Quick Reference