Vision, hearing screenings held for students

Vision, hearing screenings held for students
Posted on 11/06/2020
Vision, hearing screenings held for students

Seventh-graders lined up outside Room 603 Thursday morning at McMichael Middle School, masked and observing proper social distancing while awaiting vision and hearing screening provided by the district.

Administered by Nacogdoches ISD nurses, the screenings are held during the Fall semester, NISD Nurse Supervisor Kelly Poole said. All students in grades Pre-kindergarten through fifth are screened and all seventh-graders.

District nurses provide referrals for students that don’t pass the screenings and need additional attention.

On Thursday, McMichael Nurse Cynthia Arredondo brought students into the room on the sixth-grade hall where screenings were taking place. Students from Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Nursing helped with the vision screening, then the hearing test.

The seventh-graders stood behind a chair and looked at an illuminated eye chart cabinet while guided by the SFA student. The student then moved to a table and sat for the hearing test.

Each examination took a few moments to complete. The entire process moved crisply, though it slowed just a bit while everyone dealt with some of the necessary precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a vital service that school nurses provide that still has to be completed, even though we’re in the midst of a pandemic,” said Poole, who’s in her first year as Nurse Supervisor. “A student may not realize their eyesight has become an issue, or their hearing is deficient and it might not be apparent to a teacher.

“It goes without saying both problems would have an adverse effect on learning.”

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