School Health Checkpoints for Students in Grades 2, 7 and 12
Dear Parent and/or Guardian,
Children who are healthy do
better in school, live longer, have more productive lives and higher
self-esteem. Please work with your
child’s medical provider, dentist and school to make sure your child has a
great future and healthy smile!
Starting in the
2018/19 school year, new students entering PreK or Kindergarten and students entering grades
2, 7 and 12 should show
proof of a dental examination and HealthCheck/comprehensive health examination
prior to entry into school. If
your child is going into kindergarten and did not provide proof of a dental
examination in PreK, proof will need to be provided for kindergarten
The dental examination and HealthCheck/comprehensive health
Be completed within one year of the date of pre-enrollment
or at the time of enrollment. There will
be a grace period of 45 days from enrollment (first day of class) for students
to provide proof of the completed dental and HealthCheck examinations.
Provide proof that
the student completed a dental and HealthCheck examination within the last 12
months at the time of enrollment. Your
school may provide a form to document a student dental examination or the
Dentist may have their own form which should include at a minimum, the date
when the exam was given and the Dentist’s signature. In order for the school to
assist with follow-up care coordination, it would be beneficial if the
information indicated the need for additional dental work.
medical provider will provide you with the HealthCheck/comprehensive well child
exam from their office.
If your child is enrolled in
Medicaid, CHIP, or a health plan that includes dental coverage, or a
supplemental dental plan, the exam will be paid. If your child needs insurance, please visit
WVinRoads at https://www.wvinroads.org/selfservice/
to see if you qualify for Medicaid or CHIP.
Insurance coverage for families can also be found at https://www.healthcare.gov/.
If your child has already
received their HealthCheck/comprehensive health examination and dental
examination, please ask your child’s Doctor and Dentist to provide you with
proof and then provide the documentation to your school.
Students in sixth grade also need
to show proof of the booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough)
and the first dose of meningitis prior to entering 7th grade. Adolescent immunizations are important to
your child’s health.
Students in eleventh grade need
to show proof they received a dose of Tdap vaccine. They must also show proof
they received a second dose of the meningitis vaccine if the first dose of
meningitis vaccine (MCV4) was given before the child’s 16th birthday. If the
first dose was given after the 16th birthday, then a second dose of meningitis
is not required. Proof of both vaccinations must be provided to the school
prior to entering the twelfth grade.
Adolescent immunizations are important to your child’s health.
If you have any questions about
the requirements, need assistance with finding a Medical Doctor and/or Dentist,
or coverage for the exam cost, please contact Jan Dearth, School Nurse.
For more information, please contact:
Dearth, BSN, RN
County School Nurse