Rushville Republican

Health

September 24, 2013

Vision screening

Tasting, touching, hearing, smelling, seeing - of the five senses we possess sight is one of the most valued. When two senses work together like vision and hearing the learning experience is set to move forward in a positive way. What we see and hear is our window to the world and the key to the future of every student in Rush County Schools.

Every year Rush County Schools performs vision screening in K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th grades. All new students are screened as are those upon the request of their teacher. The purpose of the vision screening program is to identify students with visual impairments. Visual problems can and do affect the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children. Early detection of these issues provides our children more opportunities for educational success. Because visual loss may impede normal development, the earlier visual impairments are diagnosed and treated, the more favorable the outlook for correction/improvement of the child’s general wellbeing.

The Indiana General Assembly requires annual vision screening with the Modified Clinical Technique. When you add to that the expertise of Dr. Craig Fenimore and Dr. Steve Sickbert, the whole screening process is stepped up a notch. Our students are given the opportunity to do well in school. They graciously donate their time during vision screening and are instrumental in making the future truly bright for our students. It is estimated approximately 44 hours are donated to the vision screening process. Thank you Dr. Fenimore and Dr. Sickbert for your time and assistance as we seek to ensure Rush County School’s bright future.

Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund director/Information officer with Rush County Schools.

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