Every child entering the Maryland public school system for the first time is required to have a physical examination. The physical examination form designated by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shall be used to meet this requirement. Physical examination forms may be obtained from the School Nurse or downloaded from this web site. The examination must be completed by a doctor or certified nurse practitioner. If parents are not able to obtain a physical for their child they should speak to the School Nurse and she will assist them in this matter.
Hearing and Vision Screenings:
School hearing and vision screenings allow for early detection and prompt treatment of important health problems. In accordance with Maryland law, students entering the school system for the first time, entering first grade, and entering eighth grade are screened for potential vision or hearing difficulties unless there is written documentation of testing within the past year from an vision or hearing specialist. We will also screen any student referred by a parent or teacher, and 5th grade students if time permits.
Vision screening does not replace a complete eye exam by an eye care specialist. Childhood vision problems that are detected and treated early can, in many cases, improve outcomes. Left untreated, vision problems can decrease the potential of the child and have long-term health and vision implications.
When students have poor vision, they may suffer from low grades, restlessness, or disruptive behavior. Near sighted children struggle to read the board. Farsighted children have difficulty doing close work, such as reading, drawing, writing. Poor vision could lead to behavior and social issues, as well as difficulty playing sports.
Certain groups of students are at increased risk for vision impairment. These include those with hearing impairment, close relatives with a visual impairment (amblyopia and strabismus), and children with other health conditions such as autism, down syndrome, or neurodevelopmental disorders. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s vision, follow up with your child’s vision care specialist is recommended. For more information related to school hearing and vision screenings, please call your child’s school nurse.