Arkansas - Referrals: Program requirement

Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation

State law addresses providing referrals to private physicians or community health partners.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-18-1501. Vision Screenings

(1) An eye and vision screening report shall be sent or given to each parent or guardian of each child who has failed the vision screening test.

(2) The report shall identify whether the child passed or failed the screening and the need for a comprehensive eye and vision examination.

(3) The report shall be mailed or given directly to the parent or guardian by the appropriate school personnel and shall comply with all applicable privacy laws.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-18-1502. Eye exams


  • (1) A child who does not pass the eye and vision screening tests, except for the color perception test, shall be required to have a comprehensive eye and vision examination conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist within sixty (60) days of receipt of the vision screening report identifying the need for the examination.

  • (2) The parent or guardian of the child shall be responsible for ensuring that the child receives the appropriate eye and vision examination.

Arkansas 005 19 CARR 007 Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts


D/P 16.03.1 : Each school district shall have a health services program under the direction of a licensed nurse. The program shall include screening, referral, and follow-up procedures for all students.

S/C 16.03.2: Each school shall provide facilities, equipment, and materials necessary for operation of a school health services program.

S/C 16.03.3: The school health services program shall provide and maintain current health appraisal records for all students in accordance with guidelines developed by the Department.

S/C 16.03.4: Each school shall take proper measures to ensure the safety of its students and protect against injuries which may occur in or on the school facilities or site.

S/C 16.03.5: In accordance with Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-1005, health services shall include but not be limited to: (1) Students with special health care needs, including the chronically ill, medically fragile, technology dependent, and students with other health impairments shall have an Individualized Healthcare Plan. (2) Invasive medical procedures required by students and provided at school shall be performed by trained, licensed personnel who are licensed to perform the task; the regular classroom teacher shall not perform these tasks. (3) Custodial Healthcare services required by students under an Individualized Healthcare Plan shall be provided by trained school employees other than the regular classroom teachers.

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