Parsons USD 503 students requiring a physical or immunizations for school can get them done during enrollment this year, all free of charge to the parents.
Community Health Centers of Southeast Kansas came last May to Parsons High School and Parsons Middle School for sports physicals, so a majority of students in USD 503 are already set as far as physicals for the start of the new school year.
Should students not have their physicals or immunizations, the district is making it as convenient as possible by partnering with CHC-SEK on enrollment days to provide both free physicals and immunizations at the schools.
“So they are having the sports physicals Aug. 1 at the high school from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” Superintendent Lori Ray said. “On July 31, the enrollment day at Lincoln, they will have school entry physicals because when you’re 5 in the state of Kansas before you enter school you have to have a physical.”
CHC-SEK also will offer childhood immunizations on both enrollment days, including the three new state-required immunizations: Hepatitis A vaccine for kindergarten and first-grade students, MenACWY (for four types of meningococcal bacteria) for seventh-grade and 11th-grade students.
Exemptions are allowed for medical and religious reasons.
“They will offer all immunizations on both July 31 and Aug. 1, and if they happen to run out of the immunizations, or someone isn’t here, they will come back in September to the school for an immunization clinic at the schools,” Ray said. “They will have a form for the parent to fill out and they will bill the insurance for the immunizations, but there is no out-of-pocket cost to families, so whatever insurance pays, it pays, and that’s it.”
If students miss the enrollment day sports physical, they can still receive a free physical from Labette Health at Parsons Express Care on Aug. 10. No insurance is required, and insurance is not billed.
“We’re really fortunate because Labette Health has all the clinics and they offer free sports physicals with no out-of-pocket costs. There is no reason for anyone to have to pay for a sports physical with all the things that are offered at the Labette Health clinics and CHC-SEK,” Ray said. “We are fortunate we have a good support system.”
Other places free sports physicals are being offered by Labette Health is at its Cherryvale clinic Aug. 5-9 and 12-16 and at the Erie clinic Aug. 5.
Ray reminds parents that besides the ability to receive physicals and immunizations for their children at enrollment, parents also can receive assistance with online enrollment of their student if needed.
Kindergarten students will receive their mandated Ages and Stages Questionnaire screening at Lincoln enrollment. Parents also can sign their students up for day care and turn in their student’s dental health screening form and free or reduced-lunch application. As well, students can find their locker, pick up a schedule and change it if needed, and high school students can pick up last year’s yearbook.
“We aren’t doing picture IDs at enrollment,” Ray said.