Champaign sets up clinic in October

CHAMPAIGN – School officials say hundreds of Champaign students haven't yet complied with state rules requiring them to file health records at their schools.

To make compliance easier for everyone, the district has scheduled a clinic from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 for physicals and immunizations. Services will be free, said Ecomet Burley, assistant superintendent for pupil services, who says he's worried about the number of children on the noncompliance list this year.

"Numbers are running a little high this year," Burley said. As of Thursday, he said, 207 children needed to submit records of physicals, 124 hadn't turned in immunization records and 281 students need to file both.

Parents and guardians of children attending pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, fifth- and ninth-grade classes are required to submit health records by Oct. 15. State rules say children not in compliance with this requirement will be excluded from class. Appointment cards may be accepted, however.

"If the deadline elapses and they present us with an appointment card within the next few weeks, they won't be excluded from class," Burley said.

Burley said there's a waiting list for a free clinic to be held Sept. 29 at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

On Oct. 4, local doctors and nurse practitioners will volunteer their time to do examinations and give immunizations. Parents must accompany their children to sign permission forms.

Parents may call 351-3701 to make appointments for physicals. No appointment is necessary for immunizations, but parents should come in before 8:45 p.m. Oct. 4 and they must bring past records.

Darcy Widener, who tracks immunization and exam records for Urbana schools, said all students' records are in, except for some new students who have until Oct. 15 to submit them. Widener said she's reminding parents of those students about the deadline.

The health clinic at Urbana High School helped that district

Burley said he's grateful to volunteers who are staffing the clinics.

He said he'd like to schedule an additional clinic before the deadline, but the date for that's not set yet.

"Our volunteers and their organizations are doing a vital service for the community and our children," Burley said.

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