2017 ORS 336.211¹
Vision screenings and eye examinations
  • reimbursements
  • rules

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Education provider” means:

(A) An entity that offers a program that is recognized as an Oregon prekindergarten program under ORS 329.170 (Definitions for ORS 329.170 to 329.200) to 329.200 (Report on Oregon prekindergarten program by superintendent).

(B) A school district board.

(b) “Eye examination” means an eye examination that:

(A) Is conducted by a person licensed by the Oregon Board of Optometry under ORS 683.010 (Definitions for ORS 683.010 to 683.310) to 683.340 (Duty to report prohibited conduct) or a person licensed by the Oregon Medical Board under ORS chapter 677 and trained in eye surgery and eye disease; and

(B) Involves any diagnosis of the eye and any measurement or assistance of the powers or range of vision of the eye.

(c) “Vision screening” means an eye screening test to identify potential vision health problems that is conducted by:

(A) A person licensed by the Oregon Board of Optometry under ORS 683.010 (Definitions for ORS 683.010 to 683.310) to 683.340 (Duty to report prohibited conduct);

(B) A person licensed by the Oregon Medical Board under ORS chapter 677 and trained in eye surgery and eye disease;

(C) A health care practitioner acting in accordance with rules adopted by the State Board of Education; or

(D) A school nurse, an employee of an education provider or a person or nonprofit entity designated by the Department of Education to provide vision screening to students who is acting in accordance with rules adopted by the State Board of Education.

(2)(a) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, each education provider shall require a student who is seven years of age or younger and who is beginning an educational program with the education provider for the first time to submit certification that the student received:

(A) A vision screening or an eye examination; and

(B) Any further examinations or necessary treatments of the eye or assistance of the powers or range of vision of the eye.

(b) The certification required by this subsection must be provided no later than 120 days after the student begins the educational program.

(3) A student is not required to submit certification as required under subsection (2) of this section if the student provides a statement from the parent or guardian of the student that:

(a) The student submitted certification to a prior education provider; or

(b) The vision screening or eye examination is contrary to the religious beliefs of the student or the parent or guardian of the student.

(4) Each education provider shall:

(a) Ensure that the requirements of this section are met. Failure by a student to meet the requirements of this section may not result in a program’s or school’s prohibiting the student from attending the program or school, but may result in withholding report cards or similar actions.

(b) File in the student’s vision health record any certifications and any results of a vision screening or an eye examination known by the education provider.

(c) Provide the parent or guardian of each student with information about the vision screenings and eye examinations, and information about further examinations or necessary treatments.

(5)(a) Upon application of an education provider that provides students with vision screenings, the Department of Education shall reimburse the education provider for any necessary expenses incurred by the education provider in the provision of the vision screenings, including any expenses related to contracting with a person or nonprofit entity.

(b) An education provider may receive reimbursement under this subsection for the provision of a vision screening to any student of the education provider, regardless of whether the student has complied with subsection (2) or (3) of this section. Nothing in this paragraph removes the requirement that a student must comply with subsection (2) or (3) of this section.

(c) Reimbursements made under this subsection:

(A) May not exceed $3.20 per vision screening per student per school year.

(B) Must be paid from the Vision Health Account established under ORS 336.212 (Vision Health Account).

(C) May not exceed amounts available in the Vision Health Account.

(6)(a) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Oregon Health Policy Board, shall adopt by rule any standards for the implementation of this section.

(b) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules that:

(A) Prescribe the process by which a person or nonprofit entity is designated by the Department of Education to provide vision screenings; and

(B) Establish the process for providing reimbursements under subsection (5) of this section, including the prioritization of education providers to receive a reimbursement if the total amount available for reimbursements exceeds the total amount requested for reimbursements. [2013 c.585 §1; 2017 c.640 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 336—Conduct of Schools Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors336.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.