Children in Eastern Oregon schools will receive free hearing screenings through an effort of the InterMountain Education Service District and local districts.
The screenings are done every year to serve public school students in Umatilla, Morrow and Union Counties. The tests are done by the IMESD's Audiology Department.
This year, the agency estimates close to 6,000 children in kindergarten, first and third grades will be screened, as well as students new to a county, or those in other grades referred by a parent, teacher or principal.
Children who do not pass the initial screening will be retested within three weeks.
The tests launched this month and are to continue through November.
In the Milton-Freewater School District, students at Ferndale Elementary are to be screened Friday and again Oct. 17.
Freewater Elementary students will have a mass screening Oct. 7, and Grove Elementary students are scheduled for screenings Nov. 1 and 16.
Students in the Athena-Weston School District will have screenings Oct. 31 and Nov. 16.
Parents who do not want their child's hearing to be screened should notify their child's school as soon as possible.
For questions regarding the hearing screening program, contact your local school principal or the IMESD Audiology Department at 541-966-3140.