First and third grade students are scheduled to participate in Vision and Hearing Screenings at Schley County Elementary School on November 17, 2022. The vision and hearing screenings will be performed by certified screeners from Prevent Blindness Georgia’s Star Pupil’s: Healthy Eyes for Healthy Futures program and trained school district staff.
The purpose of the screening is to identify children who have, or may be at risk for, vision problems and need a comprehensive eye exam by an eye doctor. The screening is NOT a diagnosis.
Vision problems are the leading handicap of childhood; yet most vision problems go undetected because they are not obvious to children or their parents. These problems can result in permanent vision loss if left untreated and may impact the child’s ability to learn, athletic performance, and self-esteem. However, early detection and treatment can, in many cases, restore normal vision.
Hearing is important for speech and language development, reading, learning, and social interactions. Even mild hearing losses or hearing loss only in one ear may interfere with academics. Children with undiagnosed hearing loss may appear to have poor attention or other learning problems. Hearing can change between screenings and hearing loss can be related to medical problems.
You will receive an initial letter sent home with your child if he/she DOES NOT PASS their vision and/or hearing screening(s), as well as follow-up communication from the screening staff regarding the results and recommendations for further evaluation.
If you do not wish for your child to participate in these screenings, please contact Mrs. Jamie Sellars at 229.937.2405.