New York School Requirements for Children's Vision

  • New York requires a vision screening
  • Frequency: Students upon entrance in school at any grade level and for each student entering pre-kindergarten or kindergarten and in the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 10th grades (except in the city school districts of the cities of New York, Buffalo and Rochester)

Requires vision screening provided by school health services to determine the health status of the child. New York Education Laws §901

Requires a health certificate shall be furnished by each student in the public schools upon his or her entrance in such schools and upon his or her entry into the grades prescribed by the commissioner in regulations, provided that such regulations shall require such certificates at least twice during the elementary grades and twice in the secondary grades. The certificate must be signed by a duly licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. Note: Per Article 19 of the New York State Education Law, screening is to be done by licensed health care professionals only. As used in this article "health professionals" means persons duly licensed or otherwise authorized to practice a health profession pursuant to applicable law, including, but not limited to, physicians, registered professional nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, optometrists, dentists, dental hygienists, dietitians and nutritionists, and audiologists. An examination and health history of any child may be required by the local school authorities at any time in their discretion to promote the educational interests of such child. Within thirty days after the student's entrance in such schools or grades, the certificate shall be submitted to the principal or his or her designee and shall be filed in the student's cumulative health record. If such student does not present a health certificate as required in this section, unless he or she has been accommodated on religious grounds, an examination will be made of such student. New York Education Laws §903

Except in the city school districts of the cities of New York, Buffalo and Rochester, the director of school health services of each school or the health department or agency otherwise responsible to provide such services, shall conduct screening examinations of vision of all students upon the student's entrance in such school at any grade level and for each student entering kindergarten and in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 10th grades. Such examination shall be acceptable for purposes of this section if it is administered not more than 12 months prior to the commencement of the school year in which the examination is required. Vision screening to all students who enroll in a school of this state will include at a minimum color perception, distance acuity, near vision [and hyperopia] within six months of admission to the school; in addition, all students shall be screened for distance acuity in grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10 and at any other time deemed necessary; the results of all such vision screening examinations shall be in writing and shall be provided to the pupil's parent or person in parental relation and to any teacher of the pupil within the school while the pupil is enrolled in the school, and shall be kept in a permanent file of the school for at least as long as the minimum retention period for such records, as prescribed by the commissioner pursuant to article 57-A of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Law New York Education Laws §905 and Regulations of Commissioner Title 8 §136.3