Maryland - Preventive health screenings in HS: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law requires a health screening prior to entry (which may or may not specifically include one of the exams listed below).

Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.05.05.07 School Health Services Standards-- For All Students

C. Health Appraisal.

(3) Screening of students shall be carried out according to mandated or recommended screening programs established by the Department of Education and the Maryland Department of Health. These shall include:

  • (a) Hearing and Vision Screening Tests. The local board of education or local health department shall provide and fund hearing and vision screenings for all students in the public schools. The local health department shall provide and fund hearing and vision screenings for all students in any private school that has received a certificate of approval under Education Article, § 2-206, Annotated Code of Maryland, and students in any nonpublic educational facility in this State approved as a special education facility by the Department.
  • (b) Unless evidence is presented that a student has been tested within the past year, these hearing and vision screenings shall be given in the years that a student enters a school system, enters the first grade, and enters the eighth, or ninth grade. Additional screenings may be required under the policies adopted by the local board of education or local health department.
  • (c) The results of the hearing and vision screenings shall be made a part of the permanent record file of each student and given to the parents of any student who fails the screenings and reported to the local board of education or the local health department. If a student fails the screenings, the parent/guardian shall report on the recommended services received by the student to the local board of education or local health department on an approved form.

2017 Maryland Education Code 7-404 Hearing and Vision Screening

(a) County boards or health departments to provide screenings. --

  • (1) Each county board or county health department shall provide hearing and vision screenings for all students in the public schools.
  • (2) Each county health department shall provide and fund hearing and vision screenings for all students:
    • (i) In any private school that has received a certificate of approval under § 2-206 of this article; and
    • (ii) In any nonpublic educational facility in this State approved as a special education facility by the Department.

(b) When administered. --

  • (1) Unless evidence is presented that a student has been tested by an optometrist or ophthalmologist within the past year, the screenings required under subsection (a) of this section shall be given in the year that a student enters a school system, enters the first grade, and enters the eighth or ninth grade.
    General Assembly of Maryland
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