State law requires a health screening prior to entry (which may or may not specifically include vision, hearing, dental, or BMI exams).
173 Nebraska Administrative Code 7 Attachment 1 DHHS Minimum Required School Health Screenings
Additional Indications for Screening:
- New to district at any time, with no previous screening results available.
- Student enters the Student Assistance Process, with no recent or current screening results available.
- Periodic screenings as specified by the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
- Nurse concern, i.e. sudden wt. loss/gain, change in stature or appearance; parent or teacher concern; audiologist referral.
- Unremediated concerns from previous year.
- The student with known hearing or vision deficits may not need periodic screenings for these conditions. This will be determined on an individual basis by the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or school personnel following the student.
- Screening results may be taken from physical examination, visual evaluation, or dental examination reports if equivalent screening results are available and documented.
- If parent/guardian wishes to refuse school health screening, parents/guardian must submit written statement(s) from a qualified examiner that the child has received the minimum required screenings within the past six months or the child will be screened at school.
Guidelines for Nebraska School Nurses: School Health Screening
The guide provides guidance for school nurses to implement successful screening programs.