Health Examinations & Screenings

  • Delaware requires all students to have periodic health screenings provided by the school and two health examinations.
  • Delaware Health Examinations & Screenings Regulation

     

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  • Health Screenings

    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.

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  • Health Examinations

    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:

    Delaware School Health Examination Forms - Children Grades PreK - 6

    Delaware School Health Examination Forms - Adolescent Grades 7 - 12

    DIAA Medical Forms

    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.

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  • Lead Testing

    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.

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  • Contact Information:

    School Health Services Program Office
    Delaware Department of Education
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302-857-3356
    Fax: 302-739-1769
Last Modified on August 31, 2018