July 16, 2014
Keep Kids In School Coalition Offers Student Physicals
Springfield students who have difficulty accessing medical care have more opportunities to get needed physicals and immunizations this summer, thanks to a coalition of area health-care providers.
Three events are set in August to help reduce the number of students who do not have school physicals and immunizations complete by the start of school. The events are sponsored by the “Keep Kids in School Coalition,” a collaboration among Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield Public School District 186, Central Counties Health Center, and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. The goal is to help students get access to physicians who can provide physical exams and immunizations.
Physicals are required for students entering Kindergarten, sixth grade, ninth grade, and students who are new to Springfield Public Schools. More than 500 students in Springfield Public School District 186 were excluded from school last fall because of missing physicals and/or immunizations.
Free physicals will be offered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, August 4, at Washington Middle School, 2300 East Jackson St. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jefferson Middle School 3001 Allis St. A second event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, at Jefferson Middle School and Washington Middle School. A third event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, at Springfield High School, 101 S. Lewis St. No appointments are necessary for students to receive a physical.
For Springfield School District 186, the first day of school is August 18. All required health information is due on the first day of school and can be turned in at registration on August 4-5. Failure to provide required health information will result in students being excluded from school on September 2. Students will not be allowed to return to school until all required health information is received in the school’s office.
“We hope these events will help families get their students the required physicals in time for the first day of school,” said Mike Zimmers, President of the District 186 School Board.
“We also want to help students and families who don’t have a primary care physician find a medical home to help them with their future health needs, too,” said Dr. Tracy Milbrandt, division chief of general pediatrics at SIU HealthCare.
Dr. David Steward, associate dean for community health at SIU School of Medicine, noted, “A large portion of the students were out for non-compliance with a Tdap vaccine as well as non-compliance for physicals and other required immunizations.”
For more information, call the school support office at 525-7911.