Vision and dental screenings

  • Children's health and well-being play an important role in their success at school. City Schools is working with several partners to provide vision and dental screenings to students. Below is additional information about the programs and communications to send to families.
    Students receive glasses through Vision for Baltimore

    Vision screenings

    While Maryland law requires that students in pre-k, kindergarten, 1st grade, and 8th grade have vision screenings, a new partnership will expand that mandate to provide more comprehensive services to all students in pre-k to grade 8. Over the next three years, Vision for Baltimore will visit about 50 schools a year. Vision for Baltimore is a partnership among City Schools, the Baltimore City Health Department, Johns Hopkins University, Vision to Learn, and Warby Parker. 
    At the initial visit, all students will receive an eye screening. If a problem is detected in this screening, the students will be given a consent form to take home so that an eye exam can be scheduled on a subsequent visit. A parent or guardian must sign and return the form for the student to receive the eye exam. If a student is found to need glasses during the eye exam, he or she will pick a frame and the glasses will be delivered to the school.
    Schools will be contacted by the health department before their scheduled vision screening. After a screening is scheduled, below are communications that you may find helpful to share with families. 
    If you have any questions, please contact Louise Fink at City Schools or David Ehrenpreis at Vision for Baltimore, 410-545-0140.
    Communications to share with families
    Before a vision screening 
    Before an eye exam  
    Email template to send to families 

    Dental screening

    Through an agreement with the Oral Health Impact Project and Mobile Dentists/Smile Maryland, in-school dental services can be provided to all students whose parents provide written consent. This includes routine examinations and cleaning, dental x-rays, sealants (when appropriate) and preventive and restorative services, such as filling cavities.