School district eyes vision screenings for students

School district eyes vision screenings for students

ROSEBURG, Ore. - It may be the middle of summer, but school officials are now learning about new legislation.

It requires students entering kindergarten or new students up to age 7 to have a vision screening. 

School officials said the screening must be given by someone who is licensed.

"So this is going to be a little bit different, and the requirement actually falls on the parent," said Larry Parsons, superintendent of Roseburg public schools. "But we're working with the state Lions club to try to do that sometime this fall so that the parents don't have that burden, at least this first year."

Parsons said that according to the legislation, the school district will not exclude students from school if they haven't had the vision screening.