Health Screenings

Children need to be healthy to learn, and educated to be healthy. Here in Kearney School District we believe health and education must work together to meet the health and educational needs of our students. Our health staff follows screening guidelines that were developed in a collaborative effort between the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and the Missouri Association of School Nurses. Our screening protocols, preschool through grade 12, also take into consideration our school board policy, special education plans, and available resources. They are intended to facilitate the identification of children with common problems as early as possible, when treatment is most effective, thus supporting educational achievement and allowing ample time for referral of children for diagnosis and treatment.


Far vision screening is done using Snellen visual acuity chart or Spot™ by PediaVision on students K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades or on a referral basis with parental consent, and all new students to the district.

Near vision screening is done using Snellen near vision acuity chart or Spot™ by PediaVision on students K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades, or on a referral basis with parental consent.

Random Dot E or Stereo Optic is done only on an as needed basis as an additional assessment tool.

Please note: Color Vision Testing is not a required or recommended screening procedure. Color deficiency is usually non-progressive, cannot be corrected, and usually does not affect visual acuity or visual function.

Hearing is screened on students K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades using an audiometric pure tone sweep. Also, screened are all new students and on a referral basis with parental consent. Frequency ranges 1000, 2000, & 4000MHz at 20db.

Please note: Students that are hearing impaired and use assistive devices such as a hearing aid, FM system, or cochlear implant must have their device checked daily. If the parent does not ensure this at home, it is necessary to do this at school before any classroom instruction. The Ling-6 Sound Test should be utilized to perform listening checks ensuring the amplification is working properly.

Height & Weight are obtained by health room personnel by request only on all students.

Scoliosis screenings are done on all 7th grade students during their Health Class with parental consent and as time and resources permit. Students will be screened by health room staff, or screener trained for spinal deviation.

Dental screenings are performed by our partnership with Clay County Public Health Dept. Dental Hygienist will come annually to give visual inspections on all K-5 students with parental permission. Referrals are made per CCPHD discretion. Dental Education by CCPHD Dental Hygienist will be given to all Pre-K-5th graders yearly each spring.

Parents will be notified by letter for any failure(s) to meet set state standards for screenings.

If you do NOT want your child routinely screened per our protocol please submit your request to opt-out in writing to your child’s health room staff member. Thank you!