Washington State law (WAC 246-760) requires schools to conduct auditory and visual screenings of children each year. 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 Bellevue School District
- Receiving Special Education services
- Screening is requested by the parent/guardian or teacher
Hearing screenings are conducted in September. Vision screenings are generally completed in the first half of the school year. 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.
Vision screening is done using an appropriate Alphabet, E and Symbol vision charts. Students who wear corrective lenses are screened with the lenses on, and each eye is tested separately. Visual acuity of 20/30 or better in each 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). This screening is completed by Bellevue School District audiologist and school nurses. Students who do not pass the initial hearing test are then scheduled to be re-screened. 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.