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Raise Your Hand When You Hear The Beep!

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This student happens to be my son ūüôā

Today was a big day. ¬†Mass vision and hearing screenings for hundreds of students at our school. ¬†The State of Texas mandates that all Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students be screened for vision and hearing each Fall. ¬†Pulling this off takes planning and lots of help. ¬†The “Vision and Hearing Team” in our school district consists of TWO nurses. ¬†That’s right, two – for over 100 schools. ¬†This “team” comes on their scheduled day to help the school nurse (me) screen hundreds of children. ¬†I enlisted two additional helpers who volunteered their time out of the kindness of their hearts: ¬†first my mother, a retired school nurse in our school district, and second her good friend, also a retired school nurse! ¬†In the photo above, my mom is screening my son aka her grandson – how awesome is that!? ¬†I also had the help of two amazing parents at our incredible school. ¬†They volunteered their day to call classrooms, wrangle and shush kids, transcribe results, and direct traffic in the library.

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400 Slips for Test Results

I went through the planning phase several days before, with all that prep culminating in a workable schedule for today. ¬†Students aren’t just sitting in their homeroom class all day long – they are going places! ¬†When I planned screening times for each grade level, I had to look at various schedules and AVOID screening during: ¬†Recess, Lunch, PE, Art, Music, Computers, and nap time (for the little ones). ¬†Whew!

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A class filing in

Class by class, students were herded in and given instructions.

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The Snellen “Tumbling E” eye chart

Many of us probably remember having our vision tested as kids. ¬†This chart has been around for over 150 years. ¬†The kids are instructed to point in the direction the “legs” of the E are pointing. ¬†They don’t have to know left from right, E from M or W, and it doesn’t require any talking – only pointing. ¬†Even 4-year-olds can do it.

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My audiometer (a relic).

You also probably all remember the hearing test. ¬†This audiometer is a dinosaur. ¬†There are updated versions – digital ones also that the team brought with them, but this is my district-issued machine. ¬†I am actually quite fond of it. ¬†The students are instructed to “Raise your hand when you hear the beep” and it’s a very simple test. ¬†Some obstacles to this test are: ¬†any noise in the room (hmmm it’s not challenging at all to keep dozens of children quiet when they’re standing in line with nothing to do…); cold symptoms like a stuffy nose – this causes fluid to back up into the ears and they have temporary hearing loss; girls with hairbands, bows, earrings, and glasses (I had a few students wearing all of these things at once) – the headphones won’t fit snug on their heads or will actually hurt.

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Me!

I’m happy to say that this massive undertaking was a success – thanks to all the help I had. ¬†Speaking of help, the office staff had to “play nurse” all day because I was unavailable. ¬†They rose to the challenge of taking care of 48 students who were sent to the clinic today for things like possible pinkeye, a punch to the nose, breathing trouble, groin pain among many other. ¬†They told me they don’t know how I do it every day. ¬†I know they already appreciate me so much, but it’s days like these that it becomes clear what a “team effort” really is.

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