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This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

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Statute Text

Article - Education
(a)    (1)   Each county board or county health department shall provide hearing and vision screenings for all students in the public schools.
(2)   Each county health department shall provide and fund hearing and vision screenings for all students:
(i)   In any private school that has received a certificate of approval under § 2–206 of this article; and
(ii)   In any nonpublic educational facility in this State approved as a special education facility by the Department.
(b)    (1)   Unless evidence is presented that a student has been tested within the past year, the screenings required under subsection (a) of this section shall be given in the year that a student enters a school system, enters the first grade, and enters the eighth or ninth grade.
(2)   Further screening shall be done in accordance with:
(i)   The bylaws adopted by the State Board; or
(ii)   Policies adopted by a county board or a county health department.
(c)   The results of the hearing and vision screenings required by this section shall be:
(1)   Made a part of the permanent record file of each student;
(2)   Given to the parents of any student who fails the screenings; and
(3)   Reported to the county board or the county health department.
(d)   On a form provided by the county board or the county health department, a parent or guardian shall report to the county board or the county health department on the recommended services received by a student who failed the screenings.
(e)   The county board or the county health department shall report to the Maryland Department of Health the results of the hearing and vision screenings and, to the extent practicable, the number of students receiving the recommended services.
(f)   In cooperation with the Maryland Department of Health, the Department of Education shall adopt standards, rules, and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section.
(g)   A student whose parent or guardian objects in writing to hearing and vision screening on the ground that it conflicts with the tenets and practice of a recognized church or religious denomination of which he is an adherent or member may not be required to take these screenings.