Back to School in Champaign-Urbana: What You Can Check Off Your List
It may seem a little too early to start talking about children heading back to school. And given the uncertainty about what schooling might look like in the fall, parents might be thinking: I don’t need to think about this!
But the unique situation of 2020 is all the more reason why it’s critical for parents to get those back to school physicals scheduled earlier than normal.
During the stay at home orders this spring, a lot of preventative care visits were postponed. As a result, and also due to extra safety measures, many clinics are now expanding hours to accommodate all the children that need to be seen by a physician.
Thank you to Christie Clinic for sponsoring our 2020 Champaign-Urbana Area Back to School series.
Christie Clinic is encouraging parents to schedule a school physical soon.
Starting school physical appointments now will allow Christie Clinic Department of Pediatrics and Department of Family Medicine to best serve all patients while maintaining a safe visit environment. Enhanced precautions are in place to keep patients and team members safe including additional hours, visitor restrictions and social distancing to reduce the number of people in our facilities.
Parents can currently make back-to-school appointments for their children through their MyChristie patient portal or online at christieclinic.com.
Part 1 — Back to School: School Physicals Required for Illinois Schoolchildren
Part 2 — Back to School: Immunizations Required for Illinois Schoolchildren
Part 3 — Back to School: Champaign-Urbana Area School Registration Information
Part 4 — Back to School: Champaign-Urbana Area School Start Dates
Who needs them
1) Is your family new to the state of Illinois? Regardless of how old your child is, all students new to Illinois schools must turn in a completed physical examination prior to entering Illinois schools for the first time.
2) Children entering the following grades: early childhood, kindergarten or first grade (if the first year in school), sixth grade, and ninth grade.
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, 2020.
If your child has had a physical recently, check with your pediatrician’s office to get the right forms. 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.)
If you haven’t made an appointment for a physical, you might want to do so as soon as possible.