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.
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act requires that all students entering kindergarten or prior must provide documentation of a blood test within sixty days of school entry. A religious exemption is accepted.
Delaware has a Lead Poisoning Prevention Program that follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Contact Information:School Health Services Program OfficeDelaware Department of Education35 Commerce Way, Suite 1Dover, DE 19901Phone: 302-857-3356Fax: 302-739-6397Email: email@example.com