Clayton County Public Schools has partnered with non-profit charity, Vision to Learn to provide access to critical vision services to students, according to a press release.
VTL services more than 200 cities nationwide and offers free examinations and free glasses (a value of $100) to children in low-income communities. Beginning in September, these services will be available at 10 schools identified as having the highest need based on the child well-being index.
Available to students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2018-19 school year, students
who have not been seen previously by VTL within a year, will have the opportunity to visit a Vision to
Learn mobile clinic to receive vision services. While visiting the mobile clinic, students who have been
recommended for further examination, will receive a modified vision screening exam with full
auto-refraction by a licensed optometrist. These services will be provided regardless of insurance
coverage, immigration status or ability to pay.
“As educators, it is our mission to assist in eliminating barriers that would limit or prevent our students
from achieving their greatest potential,” said Superintendent of Schools, Morcease J. Beasley. “While we focus on educating our students, we must also be aware of outside factors and create solutions that work to the children’s benefit. I am very proud of our Division of Student Support Services for their commitment to identifying programs that benefit our students and positively impact their ability to succeed,” he concluded.
The vision screenings will be available to students at the following elementary schools in the order of
listing: King, West Clayton, Church Street, Northcutt, Oliver, Edmonds, Huie, Riverdale, Harper and
Pointe South. Once eligible students (with parental consent) attending the aforementioned schools have
received services (screening, examination, and received glasses, if needed) , the district will phase in ten
additional schools until all schools are completed.
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