Health Examinations & Screenings
Delaware requires all students to have periodic health screenings provided by the school and two health examinations.
Vision and hearing screening is provided by the school nurse for students in kindergarten and in grades 2, 4, 7 and 9 (or 10). Screenings are completed by January 15 of each year. Screening is additionally provided to students who are new enterers, referred by a teacher or administrator, or are considered for special education services.
Postural and Gait screening is provided by the school nurse for students in grades 5 through 9. On-site follow-up by a Physical Therapist is offered to schools to determine if further referral is needed from the Postural and Gait screening.
All students entering a public school for the first time and students entering Grade 9 must provide documentation of a health examination within thirty days after entry. The examination must be current (completed within two years of entry) and conducted by a currently licensed physician, advanced practice nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant. Acceptable forms are:
An alternate form may be accepted if it includes, at a minimum: health history, immunizations, results on medical testing and screenings, medical diagnoses, prescribed medications and treatments, and healthcare plans.
Regulation 815 Health Examinations and Screening state that children who enter school at kindergarten or at age 5 or prior, shall be required to prove lead screening per 16 Del.C. Ch.26 (Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act). For children enrolled in kindergarten, documentation of lead screening shall be provided within sixty (60) calendar days of the date of enrollment. Failure to provide the required documentation shall result in the child's exclusion from school until the documentation is provided. Exemption from this requirement may be granted for religious exemptions, per 17 Del.C. 2603.
Delaware has a Lead Poisoning Prevention Program that follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
The CPR/AED Recommendation document was created by the Child Death Review Commission, Chronic Health Conditions of School Age Children Committee and finalized in Spring 2019. The committee members included representatives from various agencies such as the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Division of Public Health, Nemours, Christiana Care Health Systems, Bayada Health and Delaware School Nurses. The purpose of this document is to support school districts and charter schools as they develop written, school-level protocols for CPR and AEDs. The process is outlined on how to obtain and replace existing AED models, training, maintenance, monitoring and development of a Cardiac Emergency Response Communication Plan.
Contact Information:School Health Services Program OfficeAnn Covey, BSN, RN, NCSNDelaware Department of Education35 Commerce Way, Suite 1Dover, DE 19901Phone: 302-857-3356Fax: 302-739-6397