JPA-RB, Screening Programs: Lead, Hearing and Vision
About this Regulation
Last revised: August 13, 2009
To comply with state and federal requirements to screen and identify students at risk for lead poisoning.
To comply with state requirements to screen and identify students with auditory or visual problems, to refer and follow-up on children who failed auditory and/or visual screening, and to interpret screening results to appropriate individuals.
Screening procedures are part of the overall health appraisal of children. They select or screen out through teacher observations, health histories, screening tests, and medical and psychological tests and examinations those children most likely to be in need of further medical appraisal or investigation.
Lead poisoning from exposure to lead contaminants is a widespread environmental hazard. Children are at greatest risk from birth to age six while their neurological systems are developing. Sustained exposure to lead can cause long-lasting neurological damage and death. Effects of exposure to lead in the environment include learning disabilities, shortened attention span, irritability, and lowered IQ.
Hearing and vision problems are health concerns and can be barriers to learning. Screening allows for early detection of any problems.