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Why In-School Screenings?

Throughout the US, millions of children suffer from vision and hearing impairments; however, many of these conditions go unnoticed because they often show no visible symptoms. What’s worse? Seven states currently do not require in-school screenings, and the states that do provide them use outdated vision screening technology which is unable to identify several common eye disorders.

Absent and ineffective screening policies create serious problems: not only do untreated vision and hearing impairments hinder children’s ability to learn, they also can be detrimental to a child’s health.

At half Helen, we offer affordable vision and hearing screenings in underserved schools to ensure that all children receive the care they need. When conducting vision screenings, we use advanced photoscreening technology in addition to traditional acuity tests. Since many severe eye conditions have no symptoms, we believe that in-school screenings are crucial to early detection, treatment, and prevention of vision impairments.

Where Do We Screen?

We conduct vision and hearing screenings throughout public, private, and charter school systems in Hawaii and Texas. So far, our initiative has been incredibly successful, as we have screened over 18,000 students in just two years! In the coming years, we plan to expand to other states in need of screening services, providing care to thousands more kids. Help us keep up the momentum by giving today!

Cost of Services

We provide vision screenings, hearing screenings, and spinal screenings* for only 2 dollars per student. These fees include follow-up services, such as students’ health information (which is given to school administrators) and referrals to doctors for students who need further care.

*Spinal screenings are only for required grade levels.

Screening Time

Since we know how important uninterrupted and distraction-free learning environment is, we work hard to minimize the amount of time students spend out of the classroom. In addition to tradition visual acuity tests, we conduct vision screenings using the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener™, which can render test results for each student in roughly 2-3 seconds. In under 90 seconds, we can provide a comprehensive summary of a child’s hearing screening results, which will indicate whether he or she needs further care.

Our Screening Process 

Before the Screening

Interested in scheduling a screening at your school? Here’s how our screening process works:

  1. First, you’ll need to fill out a “Request for Screening Services ”
  2. Once you’ve submitted that form, we’ll connect with your Primary Contact (PC) within 48 hours to discuss the following details:
    • The amount of time screeners will need per class
    • The number of days needed to screen
    • The estimated cost of the service (The bill will reflect only the number of students screened.)
  3. After we cover those details, your PC must complete the steps listed below:
    • Draft a screening schedule for students
    • Obtain approval of the schedule from the chief school administrator
    • Send the schedule to teachers and us
  4. One week before the screening, the PC must enter required student data in an Excel document, which we will provide, and email the document to us.

Screening Day

When we arrive, we’ll check in with the front office and begin setting up the screening site. Vision screenings can be conducted in almost any low-light setting, and hearing screenings require a quiet environment, a flat surface (such as a table or desk), and a power source. As such, the school library or a room with a similar atmosphere is typically an ideal place for conducting screenings.

We screen all students by grade level and in the order that the school prefers, following the schedule created by the school staff. When a class comes into the screening room, the teacher will usually instruct students to sit down and wait quietly. hH staff will then call up students one by one and screen them.