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Hearing and Vision Screening, Fall 2018

Hearing and Vision Screening Information

Washington State law (WAC 246-760) requires schools to conduct auditory and visual screenings of children each year. Auburn SD students will be screened during the month of October and early November. Students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 are screened. All other students may be screened if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • New to the Auburn School District
  • Receiving Special Education services
  • Screening is requested by the parent/guardian or teacher. If your child is not scheduled to be screened this year you may request a screening by contacting your child’s teacher or school nurse. Inform them of any concerns you may have.

Each school has a designated screening day. Screening is completed by the Auburn School District Screening Team, led by the school nurse. Vision screening for near and distance vision will be done using the SPOT (photo refractor), or the LEA symbols, HOTV letter, or Sloan letter vision chart. Students who wear corrective lenses are screened with the lenses on. For kindergarten visual acuity of 20/40 or better in either eye is considered passing. For all other grades visual acuity of 20/32 or better in either eye is considered passing. Parents are informed by mail if their child does not pass the screening.

Hearing screening is done using equipment providing tonal stimuli at 1000, 2000 and 4000 hertz (Hz) at hearing levels of 20 decibels (dB). Students who do not pass the initial hearing test are then scheduled to be re-screened at a minimum of 2 weeks for the initial screening. Parent/guardians are notified by mail if their child does not pass the second screening.

A professional evaluation by a physician is recommended for students who do not pass their vision or hearing screenings. If you have any questions regarding the results of your child’s screening, please contact the school nurse.

If for some reason, you do not wish your child screened for either hearing or vision, please contact your school nurse.