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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Vision Screening in Schools

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health provides vision screening in schools for Senior Kindergarten (SK) students. The screening checks for signs of vision problems, so issues can be addressed in a timely manner.

The Screening Process

Vision Screening at Elementary Schools

The screening consists of three short and simple tests to find out if a child might have vision problems. Children who already have glasses are screened while they are wearing their glasses. A letter summarizing the results of the vision screening is sent home with the child to inform parents or guardians of any vision-related concerns.

Please note that this program does not replace the importance of regularly scheduled visits to an Optometrist.

School Requirements for Screening

To provide the best experience for students, Public Health staff require dedicated space during vision screening. To prepare, please review the Required School Screening Practice Guidelines.

For detailed information about school screenings, consent, and where to direct parents for information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions and Information for School Staff document.

Other Important Information

An eye exam with an Optometrist is free of charge to those with a valid OHIP card, once every 12 months, up to the age of 19. To find a local Optometrist, visit the Ontario Association of Optometrists website www.optom.on.ca or call their toll-free number at 1-800-540-3837.

Need More Information About Vision Screening in Schools?

Please call our Vision Screening program at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680, or email info@hpeph.ca.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 10 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.