Ohio Department of Health School Hearing and Vision Screening Reporting Update 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Children’s Hearing and Vision Programs set the screening requirements and guidelines for school-based preschool and K-12 schools. These requirements include grades that are routinely screened each year; acceptable equipment to use; specific hearing and vision tests needed to perform the screenings; and the referral criteria. The Children’s Hearing and Vision Program monitors compliance with these guidelines through annual school reporting through hearing and vision screening surveys.

COVID-19 Hearing and Vision Screening Reminder

Schools who are able to complete hearing and vision screenings should complete these screenings in accordance to the ODH supplemental hearing and vision screening guidance that can be found at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/children-s-hearing-vision-program/COVID-19-Guidance-Page .


Schools who are unable to complete any hearing and/or vision screenings during the school year due to the pandemic must inform ODH by completing the 2020-2021 COVID-19 Readiness Survey.


In addition, if schools are unable to conduct screenings due to the pandemic, the following forms may be sent to families:


  • Parent waiver : Optional sample form that can be adapted by schools for families to opt out of the hearing and/or vision screenings.


  • Screening Results Documentation: Optional form that can be completed by the student’s pediatrician/primary care physician during the annual well-child visit and returned to the school. 


Please note schools are not required to send the above optional forms to families.


If schools are able to complete some but not all hearing and/or vision screenings for students, schools will have an opportunity to report the number of students who were not able to be screened during the 2020-2021 annual reporting survey that will be released by ODH in early February 2021.


Additional COVID-19 information related to hearing and vision screenings can be found at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/children-s-hearing-vision-program/COVID-19-Guidance-Page .


For vision screening questions or concerns, please contact Sheronda Whitner at Sheronda.Whitner@odh.ohio.gov. 


© 2016 by Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

This work is funded either in whole or in part by a grant awarded by the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Maternal, Child and Family Health, Save Our Sight and as a sub-award of a grant issued by The Ohio Department of Health under the Save Our Sight Program.