Atlanta Public Schools has begun a partnership with 2020 On-site, a mobile vision center that will work to provide Atlanta students with eye exams and eyewear, according to a recent press release.
The 2020 On-site program launched on Friday with an eye exam event at Booker T. Washington High School.
A similar program has already been rolled out in Boston Public Schools, where students received more than 500 pairs of glasses after the company performed more than 1,000 exams.
APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen said in the press release that the partnership was an effort to build a comprehensive health support strategy.
“Poor vision can be a huge barrier to learning,” she said. “We want to help our students gain access to the necessary health services so they can reach their highest academic potential.”
Currently, law dictates that students undergo a vision screening in schools, but many families do not supplement the screenings with a comprehensive annual exam recommended by the American Optometric Association, according to the press release.
Parents of APS students will receive information packets with permission slips, and once a school has more than 30 signed permission slips, it can make an appointment to have the 2020 On-site vehicle come to the school.
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