Public Health Region 6-5 South Vision and Hearing Screening

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Trace Le



The Texas Health and Safety Code requires that all children enrolled for the first time in any public, private, parochial, or denominational school or in a Department of Family and Protective Services licensed child-care center and licensed child care home in Texas, or who meet certain grade criteria (specified below), must be screened or have a professional examination for possible vision and hearing problems.   The requirements for Vision and Hearing Screening apply each year for children enrolled in any licensed child-care center and licensed child care home or school program at the ages or grades listed below:

Who Must be Screened?

  • 4-years-old by September 1st
  • Kindergartners
  • Any other first-time entrants (4 years* through 12th grade)
    * (1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th graders)

When Must Screening Be Done?

  • Within 120 days of admission.
  • Anytime within the school year (preferably within the first semester).


Department of State Health Services Vision and Hearing Screening

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Last updated December 20, 2017