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The Delaware Department of Education has a new requirement for the school year beginning in 2013. The requirement, adopted in December 2011, mandates that all students entering both kindergarten and ninth grade have a health examination done within two years of entry into the grade. Schools must receive the completed forms within 30 days of the start of the school year.

“Routine health examinations are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They are important for all children because they provide an opportunity for health promotion and early identification of health conditions that could impact the child’s well-being and academic success,” said Linda Wolfe, DDOE’s director of School Support Services. “We know that younger children are more likely to be seen by their primary healthcare provider. This new mandate ensures that adolescents also are seen.”

To assure compliance for September 2013, DDOE urges students to schedule appointments now. As with other regulatory requirements, students who do not meet the requirement will be excluded from school.

For more information, please visit the Delaware Department of Education.

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