During the academic year of 2020-2021, all screenings have been waived by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  This is in response to the COVID-19. Pandemic as a mitigation strategy. After the academic year of 2021, screenings will once again be mandatory per DPH guidelines. Arlington Public schools provides Massachusetts Department of Public Health mandated screenings for students to include vision, hearing, postural and SBIRT at various grade levels. If you do NOT want your child screened for any of the aforementioned services, please provide a yearly letter or email to your child’s school nurse at the beginning of every school year opting out of any of the screenings. If you as a parent or guardian of an APS student opt out of vision, hearing or postural screening, please provide documentation from your primary care provider stating that your child has been assessed in his or her office.