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Vision and Hearing Screenings

Maine's Department of Education requires that all students in grade Kg, 1, 3, 5, 7th be screened for for vision problems. If a vision problem is detected, a referral will be sent home, recommending that the student have a complete eye or hearing examination. Below is the ruling from the Department of Education.

05-071 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Chapter 45: RULE FOR VISION AND HEARING SCREENING IN MAINE SCHOOLS

SUMMARY: This rule provides directions to public and private schools approved pursuant to 20-A MRSA Chapter 2902 in health screening of students. It is to assist school administrative units in implementing the provision of the health screening statute [20-MRSA §6451] that requires periodic health screening to identify students that may have a sight or hearing defect.

Vision Screening
Any public or private school approved pursuant to 20-A MRSA §2902 shall screen students for vision as follows:


Distance vision acuity will be screened in kindergarten and grades, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

Near vision will be screened in grade 1 and 3. It is recommended that kindergarten students and students in grade 5 also be screened.

Binocular vision will be screened in grade 1 and 3. It is recommended that kindergarten students also be screened.

Hearing Screening
Any public or private school approved pursuant to 20-A MRSA §2902 shall screen students for hearing as follows:
Hearing screening will be conducted in kindergarten and grades 1, 3, and 5.

It is recommended that students in grade 7 also be screened.