District of Columbia School Requirements for Children's Vision

  •  The District of Columbia requires a vision screening
  •  Frequency: Children entering grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11

Requires all students attending public and private schools must receive an eye examination on entry into grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. Parents/guardians must furnish the school, within 30 calendar days of the start of the school year, with a specific certificate of health completed and signed by a licensed physician or certified nurse practitioner. The certificate must attest that the physician or certified nurse practitioner has examined the student not more than one year before his or her 1st day of school. If a certificate of health is not furnished within 30 calendar days of the start of the school year, the principal or other appropriate school official shall give both oral and written notice to a minor student’s parent(s) or guardian or an adult student that submission of the certificate is required by law and must be submitted with 15 -16 calendar days of the notice date. The notice shall explain how to contact the public health authorities for the purpose of having the student examined if private health care is not available or desired. If the certificate of health is not furnished within 15 -19 calendar days of the principal’s or other school official’s notice date, the student shall not be admitted to school. The public health authorities shall provide certificate of health examinations to a student whose parent(s) or guardian of a minor student or adult student is indigent. If the public health authorities determine that the student requires corrective medical treatment and the parent(s) or guardian of a minor student or adult student is unable to pay for corrective medical treatment, the public health authorities shall devise and implement a medical remediation plan for such student. The Mayor shall determine whether a minor student’s parent(s) or guardian or an adult student “indigent”. Student Health Care Amendment Act of 2007 D.C. Law 6-66 D.C. Official Code §38-601

Source:

http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/images/00001/20070222110404.pdf

An interpretation of the language used in the statute suggests that the state requires a vision screening instead of an examination. As expectations of the exam are unwritten, it is left to the discretion of the clinician whether a screening is performed or a comprehensive eye exam.