Thank you to Christie Clinic for sponsoring our 2019 Champaign-Urbana Area Back to School series.
Part 1: Champaign-Urbana Area School Registration Information
Part 2: Champaign-Urbana Metro Area First Day of School Dates
Part 3: Back to School: Vision, Dental, Physical Exams Required for Illinois Schoolchildren
Part 4: Back to School: Immunizations Required for Illinois Schoolchildren
Part 5: Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
Part 6: Back to School Shopping on a Budget
Part 7: Preparing Your Child for a New School
Ready. Set. Go!
Schedule a school or sports physical by calling your provider. Or, if you are an existing Christie Clinic patient, you may schedule online using your MyCare patient portal account.
A listing of special school and sports physical clinic dates and times are available at www.christieclinic.com. These will require registration and the child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If possible, please any pre-completed, required forms and immunization records.
The first day of school for Champaign-Urbana area students is just weeks away (eek!). Don’t panic yet — you still have time to make sure your child’s back-to-school requirements have been met.
Requirements vary based on what grade your child is entering. Here’s what you’ll need to know to get your child ready for the 2019-20 school year.
All children must complete a physical examination prior to entering Illinois schools for the first time (including pre-kindergarten) and before entering the following grades: kindergarten or first grade, sixth grade, and ninth grade.
The exam must be completed no earlier than a year (365 days) prior to the start of attendance at an Illinois school. (Need a pediatrician? Check out our reader recommendations.)
The deadline for physicals varies by district so be sure to check with your child’s school to find out more. State law requires the exclusion of students who do not have either the health exam or vaccines “upon enrollment but no later than Oct. 15” or an earlier date established by the local school board. In Champaign Unit 4 for example, all forms must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2019.
If you haven’t made an appointment for a physical, you might want to do so as soon as possible. Or, if you can’t get in with your provider, you could take advantage of extended hours and walk-in clinics at several local health care facilities. Scheduling an appointment is still required at many of these locations.
Christie Clinic is offering several opportunities for sports and school physicals this month. Regular clinics require registration and the child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If possible, bring any pre-completed, required forms and immunization records. There are no walk-ins. Call these numbers for an appointment: Champaign 366-1257, Urbana 344-9440, Mahomet 586-6600.
Saturday, July 14 – Dr. Decker 9 a.m.-noon, Windsor Road in Champaign
Saturday, July 21 – Dr. Porter 9 a.m.-noon, Windsor Road in Champaign
Saturday, July 21 – Dr. Akinyede 9 a.m.-noon, Windsor Road in Urbana
Saturday, July 21 — Dr. Bolton 9 a.m.-noon, Windsor Road in Champaign
Saturday, July 28 — Dr. Palazzolo 9 a.m.-noon, Mahomet
Sports Physicals: Dr. Paluska: $30 (June-Aug.) Call 366-2632; Convenient Care: $30 (June-Aug.) Walk-in availability.
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District : Physicals are offered Monday through Friday from 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Call (217) 531-4335. for an appointment.
All students enrolling in kindergarten – in a public, charter, or private school – and any student enrolling for the first time in Illinois (with the exception of preschoolers) must also have an eye examination.
A licensed optometrist or medical doctor who performs eye exams and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation must perform the exam. All eye exams must be completed within one year prior to Oct. 15. Our readers recommended eye doctors.
The Illinois State Board of Education requires that all children in kindergarten, second and sixth grade have an oral health examination. New for the 2019-20 school year, that also includes students entering ninth grade. The examination must be performed by a licensed dentist and a Proof of Dental Examination Form must be completed by the dentist. The Proof of Dental Examination Form must be completed prior to May 15 of the current school year. If your child has had an exam in the last 18 months, the dentist can complete the form based on that appointment. Check our Champaign-Urbana Area Dentist Guide.