Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing the Testing of Sight and Hearing of Pupils [8 VAC 20 ‑ 250]
Fast-Track Revisions to the Regulations Governing the Testing of Sight and Hearing of Pupils
Action 5386
General Information
Action Summary This fast-track regulatory action is for the purpose of addressing a technical change and legislation that was approved by the General Assembly during the 2017 Session. HB 1408 (Wade) amended § 22.1-273 of the Code of Virginia, related to the timeline and scheduling of vision screenings. The amendment to § 22.1-273 of the Code of Virginia allows schools divisions sixty administrative working days to schedule vision screenings and defines the required grade levels in which vision screenings are to occur, to include: kindergarten, second or third grade, seventh grade, and tenth grade. The proposed revisions to 8VAC-20-250-10 align the chapter with § 22.1-273 of the Code of Virginia. Additionally, the revisions offered an opportunity for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to incorporate feedback from stakeholders that align the hearing screening schedule to the required changes to the vision schedule as per § 22.1-273. The proposed revisions allow schools to conduct vision and hearing screenings at any time of the school year as long as the scheduling of such screenings is completed no later than the sixtieth administrative working day of the school year. It also provides schools with the option and flexibility to conduct vision and hearing screenings in second or third grade.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006179]
Associated Mandates Student vision screenings; requirements for certain students
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8761 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/18/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Dr. Samantha Hollins  / Asst Supt for Special Education and Student Servs
Address: 101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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