2004, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted Chapter 181 of the Acts of
2004 “An Act Relative to Eye Examinations for Children” which amended
M.G.L., Chapter 71, Section 57. An important requirement of the
amendment is that:
entering kindergarten, or within 30 days of the start of the school
year, the parent/guardian will present to school health personnel,
certification that the child has passed a vision screening with in the
previous 12 months… For children who fail to pass the vision screening
and for children diagnosed with neuro development delay, proof of a
comprehensive eye examination performed by a licensed optometrist or
ophthalmologist chosen by the child’s parent or guardian indicating any
pertinent diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, recommendation and evidence
of follow-up treatment, if necessary, shall be provided.”
accordance with the 105 CMR 200.400, Randolph Nurses will screen
students in the year of school entry, and annually through grade 5. The
vision screening is repeated in grade 7 and grade 9.
hearing of each student in the Randolph Public Schools will be screened
in the year of school entry and annually through grade 3. This hearing screening will be repeated in grades 7 and 9.
Postural screening is
conducted yearly for all children in Grade 5 through Grade 9. This is
not a diagnostic service but does provide screening for postural
problems prevalent in this age group which sometimes need medical
attention. Postural screening is required by M.G.L. c. 71, sec. 57. It
is the responsibility of the school to see that each child is screened
and referred as appropriate unless the parent makes a written request
for exemption on religious grounds to the nurse annually.
Growth and Development Screening
105 CMR 200.500: School nurses have measured the height and weight of students since the 1950’s.
This year Body Mass Index (BMI) and corresponding percentile of each
student in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10 will be calculated and reported
directly and confidentially to a parent/guardian. Parents/guardians may
request, in writing, that their child not participate in the reporting.
This request must be placed annually with the respective school nurse.
No special request form is required.