The Vision and Hearing Screening Program, Texas Health and Safety Code requires that all children enrolled for the first time in any public, private, parochial, or denominational school or in a Department of Family and Protective Services licensed child-care center and licensed child care home in Texas, or who meet certain grade criteria (specified below), must be screened or have a professional examination for possible vision and hearing problems.
The requirements for
VISION AND HEARING SCREENING
apply each year for children enrolled in any licensed child-care center and licensed child care home or school program at the ages or grades listed below:
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Vision and Hearing Screening
WHO MUST BE SCREENED
WHEN SCREENING MUST BE DONE
4-years-old by September 1st
Any other first-time entrants
(4 years* through 12th grade)
Within 120 days of admission
1st-, 3rd-, 5th-and 7th graders
Anytime within the school year
(preferably within first semester)
*Although not required by Chapter 36, Department of Family and Protective Services licensed child-care center and licensed child care home are encouraged to screen all children younger than 4 years of age who can reliably respond to the screening tests outlined in the Department of State Health Service's vision and hearing screening protocols.
To collect screening information for each child, a facility may use its own screening form or duplicate one provided by the Department of State Health Services upon request:
M-40 [PDF 19KB]
M-60 [PDF 38KB]
In either case, there must be a screening record on file for each child enrolled. The following data must be recorded: CHILD'S NAME, TYPE OF SCREENING, DATE, SCREENER, AND SCREENING RESULTS.
Annual screening results for vision and hearing screening activities should be submitted online to the Department of State Health Services by June 30th of each year.
For VISION SCREENING, a distance acuity for the right and left eyes, e.g., 20/20, 20/30, etc. Approved charts for distance acuity testing include: (1) Snellen Alphabet or Sloan letter chart, (2) Snellen "Tumbling E" Chart, and (3) HOTV Crowded Test set. (Muscle balance tests - Hirschberg corneal light reflex and cover-uncover tests - will be included in the certification workshops and are optional tests.)
For HEARING SCREENING, the results of the pure-tone audiometric Sweep-Check Screen must be recorded for both the right and left ears. A Sweep-Check Screen is to be conducted at an intensity less than or equal to 25 dB; at the following frequencies: 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hertz.
FOR MORE INFORMATION. PLEASE CONTACT:
Email Vision and Hearing Screening
Department of State Health Services
Vision and Hearing Screening-Mail Code 1978
PO Box 149347 / Austin, Texas 78714-9347
1100 West 49th Street / Austin, Texas 78756-3199
Phone: 512-776-7420 or toll free 1-800-252-8023 extension 6687
Relay Texas: Dial 7-1-1
Vision and Hearing Screening Regional Coordinator
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