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Chapter 2 Pupils Subchapter 3 Health and Safety of Pupils Article 4 Vision Testing Test of Visual Acuity   

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(a) The test of visual acuity administered pursuant to Education Code sections 49452 and 49455 shall mean a test for visual acuity at the far point. This shall be conducted by means of an optotype test. Test failure for the visual acuity test shall be defined as follows:

(1) For children under six years of age: Visual acuity of 20/50 or worse. The designation 20/50 or worse indicates the inability to identify accurately the majority of letters or symbols on the 20-foot line of the test chart at a distance of 10 feet.

(2) For children six years of age or older: Visual acuity of 20/40 or worse. This means the inability to identify the majority of letters or symbols on 15-foot line of the chart at a distance of 10 feet.

(3) For all children: A difference of visual acuity between the two eyes of two lines or more on the optotype chart.

(b) For pupils who, because of age or special needs are not able to be tested with an optotype test, other types of vision testing, such as a functional vision test, may be utilized, using procedures and criteria of failure as described by the manufacturer.

(c) If a pupil fails a vision test that is conducted by an employee authorized to give vision tests pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 591, a reevaluation shall be conducted prior to a report being made to the pupil's parent or guardian. This reevaluation shall be conducted by an employee authorized to give vision tests pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 591.

(d) If a pupil fails a vision test conducted by an employee authorized to give vision tests pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 591, a report shall be made to the pupil's parent or guardian as required by Education Code Section 49456.

Authority cited:

Education Code 33031

Reference:

Education Code 3308.5

Education Code 49452

Education Code 49455

Education Code 49456

(Amended by Register 2004, No. 33)