Hearing and vision screening:
Yarmouth students are screened for hearing problems in grades: K, 1, 3 and 5. They are screened for visual acuity in grades K,1,3,5,7 &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:
- Visual acuity for each eye must be 20/30 or better both near and far. Preschool and Kindergarten must see at least 20/40. Muscle balance is also evaluated.
- An audiogram which indicates that a child is hearing at 25db at tested frequencies.
What does a referral mean?
If you receive a referral form after any school screening, it simply means that the screening detected a possible problem and further evaluation is recommended. The form is to be completed by your private physician or eye doctor and returned to the school nurse (Many forms can be FAXED right from the doctor's office to the school). As always, if you have any questions, contact your child's school nurse.
The Yarmouth School Department offers physical exams, on a annual basis, to students in Grades 1,3 & grades 5 through12. These exams are delivered by medical students from the University of New England, under the supervision of our school physician, Dr. James Donohue. These exams can be used to meet the requirement for students participating in interscholastic sports.