Illinois - Preventive health screenings in ES—vision: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses vision screening.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 410 ILCS 205/3 Child Vision and Hearing Test Act

Sec. 3. Vision and hearing screening services shall be administered to all children as early as possible, but no later than their first year in any public or private education program, licensed day care center or residential facility for children with disabilities; and periodically thereafter, to identify those children with vision or hearing impairments or both so that such conditions can be managed or treated.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1 Health examinations and immunizations.

Except as otherwise provided in this Section, all children enrolling in kindergarten in a public, private, or parochial school on or after the effective date of this a mendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly and any student enrolling forthe first time in a public, private, or parochial school on or after the effective date of this a mendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly shall have an eye examination. Each of these children shall present proof of having been examined by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches or a licensed optometrist within the previous year, in accordance with this Section and rules adopted under this Section, before October 15th of the school year.


Illinois Administrative Code Title 77 Section 685.110 Frequency of Screening

a) Vision screening services shall be provided annually for:

  • 1) All preschool children 3 years of age (or older) in any public or private educational program or licensed child-care facility.
  • 2) All school age children who are in kindergarten, second and eighth grades; in all special education classes; referred by teachers; and transfer students. Vision screening is recommended in grades 4, 6, 10 and 12. Such screening services shall be provided in all public, independent, private and parochial schools.

Illinois Administrative Code Title 77 Section 665.610 Eye Examination Requirement

a) All children enrolling in kindergarten in a public, private, or parochial school and any student enrolling for the first time in a public, private, or parochial school shall have an eye examination. Each of these children shall present proof of having been examined by a physician who performs eye examinations or an optometrist within the previous year (within one year prior to the date of entering school), in accordance with Section 27-8.1(1.10) of the School Code and this Part before October 15 of the school year. (Section 27-8.1(1.10) of the School Code)

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