As we look toward the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year, many students will need to visit their health care providers for required physicals and updated immunizations. The list below identifies various health requirements for new and returning students:
*Students entering Kindergarten or elementary school must receive a comprehensive physical examination within 12 months prior to the start of school and up to date immunizations for entry to school.
*Students new to Isle of Wight County Schools or those who are from out of state must provide medical records as part of the registration process.
*Students going into the seventh grade must have a Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster.
*Sports physicals cannot replace a required Virginia physical exam.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic initially disrupted or limited services offered by local health departments and providers, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that parents proceed with well-child physicals and immunizations through their local health care providers. Planning ahead to complete these state requirements for school enrollment will ensure a smooth and safe start when schools reopen.
Parents of students who need medical action plans for conditions like Asthma, Seizures, or Life Threatening Allergies can get a copy of the required documents through the online registration portal at https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/enrollment , or by contacting their child's school. The paperwork should be completed by your child's medical provider for implementation during the new school year.
Additional information on school immunizations and physicals can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/requirements/
Several resources are available for families of uninsured and underinsured children or those impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The VDH, Vaccines for Children (VFC) map indicates participating providers for immunizations by region. Parents may contact local clinics directly for information and hours of service.
- The Virginia Community Healthcare Association works with a statewide network of clinics that bill for public and some private insurance. Many clinics provide a sliding scale for those without insurance and offer free immunizations in partnership with the VDH.
- The Virginia Association of Free Clinics are independent, nonprofit, volunteer-driven and community-based organizations. Each clinic sets its own eligibility requirements and guidelines, and all must be contacted directly for assistance.