Information about School Screenings

Every child in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th & 8th grades receive a school screening from the school nurse each year.  Each year, about 20,000 children fail the screening and are referred for a comprehensive eye examination.  Only about half of those 20,000 students report that they have received an exam.  Let's make a difference in reaching the 10,000 children identified as at-risk for school failure due to a failed vision screening.

What you can do:

  • Make sure that you complete and return the NOTICE TO PARENTS OF NEED FOR AN EYE AND VISION EXAMINATION to either the school nurse or to the parent.  Remind the parent to turn in the form to the school.
  • Click here for a list of fax numbers for each school.  
  • Work with local school nurses.  
  • Contact the local school nurse and offer to be a reference to them for vision and eye problems
  • Offer to speak to classrooms, set up a booth at the school health fair, talk to parent groups, give information that they can provide with the notices about the importance of comprehensive eye exams
  • Work with a local business to provide incentives to the children who return their form (coupons for a free ice cream, burger, etc)  The local business can provide the school nurse with the coupons and they can give them to the children who return their forms
  • Discuss reasons that the children might not be getting exams with school nurses and brainstorm solutions.
  • Is it financial?  There are many was to pay for exams.  Are they eligible for ArKids? Have they tried the Brandon Burlsworth Eyes of A Champion Program?  If there is no alternative, reach out to the association for ways to pay for an exam.
  • Brainstorm other ways with the school nurse and share the successes with the association!

  Read the legislative school screening report here

 Check out AOA.org under Patients & Public for resources to talk to children and teachers. 

Think About Your Eyes.com has many resources available.

National Eye Institute has some fun things for kids  and information for parents