Hearing and vision screenings are done on all new (to district) students, kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and all students who receive services through the special education department. Parents and teachers can request a screening for any student at any time when a concern arises. Vision and hearing screenings for Desert Sage students are done in the fall, usually within the first month of school. These screenings are not a diagnosis, but rather an indication that further screening and evaluation by your child's doctor is recommended. Vision referral letters are sent home to notify parents if the students have difficulties with any portion of the screening. Students who have difficulty with an initial hearing screening will be tested again in 30 days, and if still having problems, will be referred to an audiologist. Parents will be notified with a referral letter. We have a district audiologist that will see students at no cost.