Does your student require dental or vision exams to satisfy school requirements?
With parents and students awaiting the first day of the 2021-22 school year, it is hard to believe that it is just weeks away (eek!). And while we all look forward to routine and more predictability, getting back-to-school dental and vision exams taken care of can make you feel more in control of your summer schedule. These examinations aren’t required for all grades in Illinois, and the first deadline coming up isn’t until mid-October. So don’t forget to breathe … in and out … and read on.
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 2021-22 school year.
Thank you to Christie Clinic for presenting our 2021 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.
The State of Illinois requires that all students in kindergarten, second, sixth and ninth grades have an oral health examination performed by a licensed dentist.
Following your child’s exam, the dentist should complete the dental examination form required by the state of Illinois. Complete documentation should be returned to the school office no later than May 15. Translation: for school year 2021-22, a valid dental exam would fall between Nov. 15, 2020, and May 15, 2022. The exam must have been performed any time within an 18-month period prior to this due date. Exam forms are also available at your dentist’s office or can be accessed here.
If you are looking for a dentist in the Champaign-Urbana area, check out the chambanamoms dental guide here. The Champaign Urbana Public Health Department also offers a dental program for youth 18-and-under which includes services such as cleanings, sealants and fillings. CUPHD is able to complete the required dental examination from the state of Illinois.
All students entering Kindergarten or entering an Illinois school for the first time must have an Eye Exam before Oct. 15 of the year of the required exam, or within 30 days of enrollment for new students from out-of-state. The exam must have been performed any time within a 12-month period prior to this due date. This means that the eye exam needs to have taken place between August 2020 and October 2021. A licensed optometrist or medical doctor who performs eye exams (such as an ophthalmologist) must perform the exam. The State of Illinois Vision Exam Form can be accessed at the link.
(Note that this eye exam requirement is separate from the annual vision screenings provided in all public, charter, and private schools in Illinois, from preschool through second grade and again in eighth grade.)
If you are looking for an eye doctor in the Champaign-Urbana area, our readers have provided some recommendations for optometrists in the area.
Check out our entire Back to School Series, presented by Christie Clinic:
- Back to School: Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
- Back to School: 9 Tips to Prepare for the School Routine
- Money-Saving Tips for Back-to-School Shopping
- Champaign-Urbana Area School Start Dates
- Back to School: Dental, Vision Exams Required for Illinois Students
- Champaign-Urbana Area School Registration Information for 2021-22
- Back to School: Immunizations Required for Illinois Students
- School Physicals: What’s Required for Illinois Students in 2021