Vision and Hearing Screening Information

Huntley 158 parents/guardians,

Please note the following information about vision and hearing screenings conducted at Huntley 158 schools in conjunction with Illinois state law.

The State of Illinois requires schools districts to screen vision and hearing in school age children. Hearing screenings must be provided annually for preschool children 3 years of age or older in any public or private educational program or licensed child care facility, and for all school age children grades kindergarten, first, second and third; are in special education class; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students. In lieu of the screening services required, a completed and signed report form, indicating the child had an ear examination by a physician and an audiological evaluation completed by an audiologist within the previous 12 months, is acceptable.

Vision screenings must be provided annually for preschool children 3 years of age or older in any public or private educational program or licensed child care facility, and for school age children in kindergarten, second and eighth grades; are in special education class; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students. In lieu of the screening services required, a completed and signed report form, indicating that an eye examination by a doctor specializing in diseases of the eye or a licensed optometrist has been administered within the previous 12 months, is acceptable.

The parent or legal guardian of a student may object to hearing or vision screening tests for their children on religious grounds. If a religious objection is made, a written and signed statement from the parent or legal guardian detailing such objections must be presented the school nurse.

Screening instruments, test procedures and referral criteria are defined in the Illinois Administrative Code. The screenings are done by the school nurses certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health for vision and hearing screening, and McHenry County Health Department certified vision and hearing technicians. Children whose test results meet referral criteria are referred to an eye doctor or family physician for further evaluation. Please contact your child’s school nurse if you have any questions.

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