Good hearing is essential to language development, and language development is essential for learning. According to California State Law, the following grades are required to have annual hearing screens: kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th grade, 8th grade, and 10th grade. The screening is performed by the school nurse during the Fall semester. Please refer to the "Health Calendar" for specific dates.
California Ed. Code requires vision screening for all students upon entry into the school system and every three years thereafter. Pao Robles Unified School District participates in the local Lion's Club vision screening. The Lion's Club proves each elementary school with an ophthalmologist who screens all students in kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th grade, and 8th grade students.
This screening only provides the school with a rough measurement of visual performance. It is in your child's best interest to also be evaluated by a licensed vision specialist.
California Ed Code requires that color vision be appraised on all male students in 1st grade. The health team performs this screening annually for 1st-grade boys in the Spring.
Color vision deficiency, also called Color Blindness affects 8% of boys and 0.5% of girls, or about 1 out of 25 children. The affected child sees colors differently than most of his or her classmates. Screenings alert parents and teachers that there may be a color perception issue and a follow-up evaluation from an eye care professional.
February is Dental Awareness Month and Dental Screening at Elementary School Sites.
As part of our school health program, a volunteer dentist from the central coast dental society will provide a dental screening for all elementary school children. These screenings will be conducted during the month of February.
The dental screening consists of a simple visual inspection of your child's teeth and will not involve the use of x-rays or other dental equipment. This screening does not replace an in-office dental examination by your family dentist.
A letter will be sent home if the screening identifies a potential dental problem. If you do not have a family dentist and need help obtaining dental care you may contact the Central Coast Dental Society at (805) 544-1113.
If you do not want your child to participate in this screening program please send a note to the school office before the scheduled screening date.