Now required by Iowa law to be completed for all students entering kindergarten and ninth grade. Students entering kindergarten must have had the screening completed no sooner than 3 years of age and no later than four months after school enrollment. It can be completed by a licensed doctor, nurse, physician assistant, dental hygienist or dentist. Students entering ninth grade must have proof of dental screening by a dentist or dental hygienist completed no earlier than one year prior to enrollment and no later than four months after enrollment.
Heartland Area Education Agency (AEA) will conduct an annual Hearing Conservation Program at each elementary school during the school year. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade will receive a hearing screening. Students in sixth grade will no longer receive a hearing screening. Students who do not pass this screening may receive individual hearing tests by an audiologist and consultation with school personnel. Parents will be notified about the results of the hearing tests only if their child does not pass the test. This is a screening process only, and does not identify all hearing or ear problems. If your child has had hearing or ear problems recently, feel free to send this information to the school nurse for the audiologist. If you do not want your child to participate in the screening program and follow-up assessments by an audiologist, please notify your school. If there are any questions about the hearing testing program in your school, please contact the school nurse or principal.
The State of Iowa requires all incoming Kindergarten and third-grade students to have a vision screening prior to the first day of school. This exam can be completed by a licensed eye doctor or optometrist, your child’s health care provider at the time of his or her school physical, a free clinic, or a county health department. It can be completed within one year prior to the first day of school for the kindergarten or third-grade year. The results of this screening need to be submitted to the school on the State of Iowa Certificate of Vision Screening Form. Please take this form with you to your appointment. If your child has had an exam in the last year, you may have your doctor complete this form with the results of their last appointment.
Blood Lead Screening
Iowa law now requires that children enrolling in kindergarten provide proof of having been tested for blood lead levels before the age of 6 years. There are exemptions to the law in cases of religious exemption or in cases where the Iowa Department of Public Health determines the child is at an extremely low risk of lead exposure. Exemptions must be approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Iowa Department of Public Health’s blood lead bureau at 1-800-972-2026.