Health Service Region 8 - Vision and Hearing

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Javier Velez
7430 Louis Pasteur Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
210-949-2039
FAX:  210-949-2084

Purpose

The 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:

 

Vision and Hearing Screening Information

WHO MUST BE SCREENED

WHEN SCREENING MUST BE DONE

4-year-old by September 1st
Kindergartners
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 the 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 reliable respond to the screening tests outlined in the Department of State Health Service's vision and hearing screening protocols.

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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, 10KB), M-60 (PDF, 7KB).  In either case, there must a screening record on file for each child enrolled.  The following data must be recorded:  CHILD'S NAME, TYPE OF SCREEING, DATE, SCREENER and SCREENING RESULTS.

Link:

Department of State Health Services Vision and Hearing Screening

Last updated October 05, 2012