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School Screenings

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.  This screening is performed by the school nurse during the Fall semester.  Please refer to the "Health Calendar" for specific dates.

California State Laws require vision screening for all students upon entry into the school system and every three years thereafter.  Paso Robles Unified School District participates in the local Lions Club Vision screening.  The Lions Club provides each elementary school with an optomologist who screens all kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th grade and 8th grade students.

This screening only provides the school with a rough measure of visual performance.  It is in your child's best interest to also be evaluated by a licensed vision specialist.

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. This screening will be conducted annually in 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 you need help in obtaining dental are, you may contact the Central Coast Dental Society at (805) 544-1113.

California State Law 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 deficency, also called Colorblindness, affects 8% of boys and only 0.5% of girls, or about 1 out of 25 children.  The affected child sees colors different than most of his or her classmates. Screenings alert parents and teachers that they may be a color perception issue, yet they do not replace an evaluation from an eye care professional.