Vision and Hearing Screening  

During the childhood years it is important to detect any vision or hearing problems.  This is because learning is mostly accomplished through the senses of vision and hearing.  School screenings help to identify possible vision or hearing barriers that may impair a child’s ability to learn.  Early identification and treatment can prevent many of the problems that result from impaired hearing or vision.  School screenings are one of the most practical approaches to identifying children who may be in need of professional services.

St. Charles students in Grades 1, 3, 5, 7th, and 10th grades will have their vision and hearing screened by the school nurse in September or October every year.  There will be a second screening  approximately one month later for students who may have had difficulty with any part of the first screening.  If after rescreening a student continues to be unable to meet passing criteria, parents will be notified by letter to bring their child to an eye professional or medical doctor for further evaluation.

Please note, the 5th and 6th grade female students undergo Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) screening in the Spring of each school year.  Again, parents will be notified by letter or phone call if there is an area of concern noted by Health Office staff.