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– Schools, children, vision screening
HOUSE BILL NO. 396
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SCHOOLS - VISION SCREENING - Adds to existing law to require the board of
trustees of each school district or local education agency, including
public charter schools, to provide for vision screening of children in
certain grades; to provide for notification of the parent or guardian of
children who fail such screening; and to provide that such parents be
encouraged to obtain an additional examination.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-ninth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2008
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 396
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SCHOOL CHILDREN; AMENDING CHAPTER 48, TITLE 39, IDAHO CODE, BY THE
3 ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 39-4805, IDAHO CODE, TO REQUIRE THE BOARD OF
4 TRUSTEES OF EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT OR LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY, INCLUDING PUB-
5 LIC CHARTER SCHOOLS, TO PROVIDE EYE AND VISION SCREENING OF CHILDREN IN
6 CERTAIN GRADES, TO PROVIDE FOR NOTIFICATION OF THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF
7 CHILDREN WHO FAIL SUCH SCREENING AND TO PROVIDE THAT SUCH PARENT OR GUARD-
8 IAN BE ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN AN ADDITIONAL EXAMINATION.
9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
10 SECTION 1. That Chapter 48, Title 39, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
11 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
12 ignated as Section 39-4805, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
13 39-4805. VISION SCREENING REQUIRED. The board of trustees of each school
14 district or local education agency, including public charter schools, shall
15 provide eye and vision screening to all children in grades one (1), two (2),
16 four (4), six (6) and eight (8). The board of trustees shall promptly notify
17 the parent or guardian of a child who does not pass the eye and vision screen-
18 ing test and encourage the parent or guardian to obtain for such child a com-
19 prehensive eye and vision examination conducted by a licensed optometrist or
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The legislation will provide for vision screening for all
students grade 1, 2, 4, 6, 8. Vision screening is not
consistent in all school districts across the state of Idaho.
Not all children are screened and not all children are screened
by qualified screeners. The legislation will implement a
structure to offer training to the screeners, screen children at
consistent intervals, and screen children across the state of
In order to provide vision screening for all students, there
will be a $300,000 cost to the state general fund.
Name: Aylee Schaefer
Agency: Office of the State Board of Education
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 396