Massachusetts School Requirements for Children's Vision

  • Massachusetts requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Children enrolled in public schools and, at individual request, a pupil in select private schools upon entering kindergarten or within 12 months of the start of a school year

Requires the school committee or board of health shall cause the vision of each child in the public schools to be tested annually. The vision of each child shall be tested by means of the Massachusetts Vision Test or other similar method approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Tests of sight shall be performed by teachers, physicians, optometrists, nurses or others who are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for this purpose and in accordance with instructions set up by the Department. Massachusetts 105 CMR §200.400

Requires every child in the public schools and, at the individual request of a parent or guardian of a pupil in select private schools, to ascertain defects in sight. A physical record of each child is to be kept. Tests of sight shall be performed by teachers, physicians, optometrists, nurses or other personnel who are approved by the department of public health for the purpose. Upon entering kindergarten or within 30 days of the start of the school year, the parent or guardian of each child shall present to school health personnel certification that the child within the previous 12 months has passed a vision screening conducted by personnel approved by the department of public health and trained in vision screening techniques. For children who fail to pass the vision screening and for children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental delay, proof of a comprehensive eye examination performed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist chosen by the child’s parent or guardian indicating any pertinent diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, recommendation and evidence of follow-up treatment, if necessary, shall be provided.

Any child shall be exempt on religious grounds from these examinations upon written request of parent or guardian on condition that the laws and regulations relating to communicable diseases shall not be violated. Every private school that does not perform these examinations shall be required to inform each parent and guardian of every enrolled pupil that the school does not conduct these examinations and shall recommend that the parent consult with the child’s health care provider or local school committee or board of health to ensure that these examinations are conducted.

Any person who conducts an eye examination of a child in response to such child having failed an eye examination given in accordance with the provisions of this section shall forward a written report of the results of the examination to the school health personnel and a copy of said report to a parent or guardian of such child. Said report shall include a summary of significant findings, including diagnoses, medication used, duration of action of medication, treatment, prognosis, and recommended educational adjustments for the child, such as preferential seating in the classroom, eyeglasses for full-time use in school, eyeglasses for part-time use in school, sight-saving eyeglasses or any other recommendations. Massachusetts General Law 71, §57

Source:

http://www.mass.gov/Eeohhs2/docs/dph/regs/105cmr200.pdf

http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/71-57.htm