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Screening program begins in Jefferson County, W.Va.

August 29, 2000

Screening program begins in Jefferson County, W.Va.



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Schools will conduct speech, language and hearing screening during the first two months of school, said Superintendent David W. Markoe.

Speech and language screening will be conducted on all kindergarten students and all students who are enrolling in the West Virginia schools for the first time.

Hearing screening will be provided to all kindergarten, second-grade students and all K-12 students who failed last year's hearing screening.

Additional speech and language screening will be provided to students in kindergarten and grades one through three who were found at risk from the previous year's screening.

Vision screening for kindergarten students will be conducted during the first two months of school. First-, third-, fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders will be tested during the remainder of the school year.

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Markoe said hearing screening consists of pure tone measurement. Speech and language screening consists of informal and formal assessments.

Speech, language and hearing screenings are conducted by speech and language pathologists, Markoe said. The screening will begin Thursday.

Markoe said the screenings are designed to identify Jefferson County students who may be having minor difficulties that could be interfering with their educational programs.

Parents will be notified if any difficulties are noted from any of the screenings. Information gathered from the screenings is confidential.

Markoe said the information will be made available only to parents and authorized personnel.

Markoe said parents or guardians who choose not to have their children participate in any of the screening programs may call the school principal or the Jefferson County director of pupil services at 304-728-9236.

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