Health Screenings

School District 197 does screenings for elementary and middle school students. If the student does not pass the screening according to the Minnesota Department of Health standards, a physician referral notice will be sent to the parent.

VISION SCREENING - For students in grades 1, 3 and 5
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, about 7.5% of school-age children and youth have vision problems that may interfere with their educational development.  The purpose of vision screening is to identify those students who have a concern in one or both eyes and to refer them for professional examination. Following referral, the school nurse should be informed so adjusts can be made in the student's educational program, if necessary.

COLOR VISION - For boys in grade 1

Color vision is an inherited trait most commonly found in boys. It is a non-reversible condition. For school-age children, the greatest difficulty lies in performance or academic skills that use color as a visual aid. Adolescents with color vision deficit need to be aware that they may be ineligible for certain vocational opportunities. An exam with the eye doctor is usually not necessary, however, he/she may be able to give more information on color vision deficit.

HEARING SCREENING - For students in elementary school
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, about 3-5% of school-age children and youth have hearing problems that may interfere with their educational development. The purpose of a hearing screening is to identify students who have a hearing loss in one or both ears and to refer them for professional examination. Following referral, the school nurse should be informed so adjustments can be made in the student's educational program, if necessary.