South Carolina School Requirements for Children's Vision

  • Screenings recommended, not required.

Recommended (not required) approach per state Dept. of Health. Students entering Head Start, Early Childhood Development (Pre K), kindergarten, or first grade programs should have a comprehensive health assessment performed by the student's health care practitioner that includes in office vision and hearing risk assessments and/or screenings. Students who do not pass a vision screening should be examined by an ophthalmologist or optometrist

Note:  Schools should accept documentation of screening results from a licensed practitioner in lieu of the school-based screening.  Parents/guardians may request that their child not be screened at school.  Such requests should be submitted in writing and maintained on file.

•All students in Early Childhood Development or Head Start programs preferably within 2 months of enrollment unless the program guidelines specify otherwise

•All students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and at least once in grades 9 – 12