Vision & Hearing Services:

Cook County Department of Public Health conducts vision and hearing screenings for children enrolled in private grammar schools and daycare centers in suburban Cook County (SCC) – with the exception of Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, and Stickney Township – upon a school's request. Screening will only be provided to pre-school, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 8th grade students as mandated by the Illinois School Code.

  • Schools/centers in the North and Southwest SCC regions will be screened in even school years.
  • Schools/centers in the West and South SCC regions will be screened in odd school years. 
  • No school/center will be screened more than once in a school year.

Please follow these steps to ensure the students in your school can get their needed vision and hearing screenings:

  • Fill out the Vision and Hearing Services Application Form completely, and include a copy of the tuition schedule as well as documentation of students at or below 200 percent of poverty and any subsidies received through the Illinois Department of Human Services and/or Department of Children and Family Services. These documents should be faxed to 708-786-4001.
  • Schools/centers are responsible for obtaining necessary consents for screening, including the Acknowledgment of Receipt of Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) Notice of Privacy Practices in advance of scheduled screenings. 
  • Download packet of all necessary forms in advance and make sure they are complete at the time of the screening. Forms include:
    • Consent for Services (English and Spanish)
    • Roster for Pre-School, Kindergarten and Elementary Screening
    • Screening Form, Grades K-6
    • Screening Form, Grades 7-8
    • Vision Examination Report
    • CCHHS Notice of Privacy Practices and Acknowledgment of Receipt of CCHHS Notice of Privacy Practices (English and Spanish)
  • If necessary, bilingual support must be provided by the school/center.
  • Follow-up on referrals for abnormal screening tests are the responsibility of the school/center and all follow-up information is to be provided to CCDPH within 45 days of the screening.

Once an application has been received with all required documentation, CCDPH will contact the designated school/center staff within 7 days to schedule the screening. Each screening procedure takes approximately 10 minutes per student. Schools/centers that receive subsidies will be given priority.
It is the goal of CCDPH to provide schools/centers and their children with the highest level of professional services.

CCDPH does not provide personnel training for those interested in providing vision and hearing screenings. Please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 217-782-4733 for more information.