JONESVILLE — Yadkin County Schools in collaboration with Yadkin Medical Clinic will be providing a comprehensive Pre-Kindergarten Screening experience for the Jonesville community on April 6 starting at 8:30 a.m. This is the first time the two agencies have partnered together to help parents complete all the necessary medical and academic processes required prior to enrolling into the public school system.
The North Carolina General Statutes require immunizations for every child attending school in this state. Every parent, guardian or person in loco parentis is responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) receive required immunizations within 30 calendar days of enrollment. Effective for school year 2016-2017, all children entering North Carolina public schools must also present a Health Assessment Transmittal Form (Physical) within 30 calendar days of the child’s first day of attendance. This law applies to children of any age entering N.C. public schools for the first time; until this law was enacted it was required only of students entering kindergarten. Per state law students are not allowed to attend school after the 30th day of enrollment if both of these requirements are not met.
Parents will be afforded the opportunity to get their children’s immunizations up to date, as well as get a current physical completed on April 6. The health department nurse will be on campus ready to provide immunizations for all students whose parents bring their child’s current immunization record. Renee Brown, a licensed nurse practitioner, also will be on campus to complete student physicals for any parent for a $20 fee. Parents can walk away on April 6 having completed all pre-enrollment requirements.
Kristi Gaddis, executive director of Student Services for Yadkin County Schools, had this to say about the screening: “I am very excited that we are able to provide this service to our parents and students at Jonesville Elementary. Jessica Wall (assistant director of Yadkin Medical Clinic) and I have worked together to ensure that this pilot program works as smoothly as possible. Our plan is to branch out to more schools next year and eventually offer the all-inclusive service at the eight elementary schools throughout Yadkin County. I know the enrollment process can be very overwhelming for parents; my vision is to make this as easy as possible for our parents consequentially eliminating the suspension component.”
Yadkin County Schools is very appreciative of the Yadkin Medical Clinic and Renee Brown for making this possible.