Back to school means trying to remember a lot of things to get your kids ready. One item that is often overlooked is making sure your child goes back to school with their updated medical record. We can assist you in compiling a list of your child’s medication and his or her medical needs so school staff can have it on file. Together, with your child’s pediatrician and our pharmacist, you can prepare your kids for another safe and healthy school year. Take a look below for some commonly asked questions that parents often have when it comes to their children’s back to school medical information.
When should parents take their kids for their back-to-school checkups, boosters and vaccines?
Requirements vary by school district, but generally, children entering kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade will need some kind of vaccine before starting the school year.
Do schools typically have requirements regarding sports physicals?
It’s always a good idea to take your child for a physical before school starts for the year. If your child plays sports, a physician may have to fill out a release form allowing your child to participate before your child can play.
These sports physical release forms can usually be found on the school’s website or at the school’s office. Physicals can typically be performed at your child’s pediatrician’s office.
What consent forms should I have on file?
Check with your school for their recommended forms. You can also complete a consent-to-treat form for the school to keep in your child's record and to take with them if your child goes to the emergency department.
Your child will always receive lifesaving care in an emergency room, but the form gives a physician permission to treat your child for less serious medical problems when he or she is in someone else's care. Caregivers should make sure to bring the form with them if they take your child to an emergency department.