Health Screening Information

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is given the authority by the Ohio Revised Code to set the hearing, dental and vision screening requirements for school children. ODH sets the requirements for what grades are routinely screened each year, what equipment is acceptable to use, what specific hearing and vision tests are needed to perform the screenings and the referral criteria. Dayton Public Schools Health Services staff has the responsibility in following the guidelines provided by the state.

A written notice will be mailed to the parent or legal guardian regarding any problem detected during the health screening. The suspected problem will be identified and a referral/recommendation will be made for a follow- up professional exam. While health screening is valuable, it is not a substitute for professional care.

If you receive a referral from the school nurse indicating that your child needs further health care and your child does not have medical coverage [CareSource, Molina, Medicaid, or private insurance] please notify the school nurse. Programs are available in the Dayton area that may assist with your child’s health care needs.

Please return completed screening referrals to the school nurse so that your child’s health records can be updated.

Vision screening is done for students in preschool, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth grades.

Height and Weight is done for preschool and kindergarten students.

Hearing Screening is done for students in preschool, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and ninth grades.

Dental Screening is done for students in kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth grades.

Postural Screening (scoliosis) is done for students in sixth grade.

Note: All students who are new to the district will receive vision, hearing and dental screenings.


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