Vision Screening Guidelines Update
August 11, 2015
CSNO met with the California Department of Education (CDE) to discuss updating the California Department of Education Vision Screening Guidelines. The CDE guidelines were last updated in 2005, however as the result recent legislation SB1840 and SB 1172, the guidelines need updating to align with the new mandates. CSNO held a pivotal role in developing the Vision Screening Guidelines and championed CDE moving forward in updating the Guidelines using a similar collaborative partnership. An additional meeting has been set for the later part of August.
Legislation now mandates vision screening processes in California Schools. According to the California Education Code 49455:
(a) (1) During the kindergarten year or upon first enrollment or entry in a California school district of a pupil at an elementary school, and in grades 2, 5, and 8, the pupil’s vision shall be appraised by the school nurse or other authorized person under Section 49452.
(b) The appraisal shall include tests for visual acuity, including near vision, and color vision; however, color vision shall be appraised once and only on male pupils, and the results of the appraisal shall be entered in the health record of the pupil. Color vision appraisal need not begin until the male pupil has reached the first grade.
Section 49452 identify individuals qualified to perform vision screening
qualified supervisors of health (school nurses) employed by the district; or by
certificated employees of the district or of the county superintendent of schools who possess the qualifications prescribed by the Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing; or by contract with an agency duly authorized to perform those services by the county superintendent of schools of the county in which the district is located, under guidelines established by the State Board of Education; or accredited schools or colleges of optometry, osteopathic medicine, or medicine.
School Health in partnership with CSNO are pleased to present a webinar that outlines the latest Vision Screening information.
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