Meeting students’ medical needs: Schools stepping in to fill gap

Earlier this year, two students failed the vision tests at Break-O-Day Elementary School, but their parents couldn’t afford glasses needed to help them see.

Indiana requires schools to conduct hearing and vision tests for students at different grade levels. If students fail the vision tests, their parents are notified and given a referral to see an optometrist.

But this year Break-O-Day counselor Aaron Munson has been seeing more families who either can’t afford insurance or who have coverage but can’t afford the cost of doctor’s appointments, prescriptions or glasses.

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