MSAD #42 students are screened for hearing and vision acuity in grades Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Additional screening is offered to students who self-refer, or are referred by a teacher or parent/guardian. Parents will be notified only if screening results do not meet the following criteria:
- Students will be screened in both ears at 25dB with a sweep check at 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, and 4000 Hz. It is recommended that students also be screened at 6000 or 8000 Hz.
- It is recommended that a hearing rescreen occur in 2 – 4 weeks for students who fail.
- A student will be considered to fail when the student is unable to hear all frequencies in both ears.
- Students who fail the hearing screening at 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, or 4000 Hz will be referred to their parents and provided with a referral form to bring to their health care provider.
- Students who fail the hearing screening at a 6000 or 8000 Hz will be referred to their parents and provided information on how to avoid further high frequency hearing loss. Parents will be encouraged to inform the students health care provider of the high frequency hearing loss.
- Visual acuity for each eye must be 20/30 or better, both near and far. Preschool and Kindergarten must see at least 20/40.
- An audiogram which indicates that a child is hearing better than 25db at all frequencies.
If a child does not meet the state criteria, the school nurse will contact the parent or guardian to recommend further professional evaluation.