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Officials reminding parents about importance of back to school checklist

The start of the school year is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start checking off that back to school list. (WRSP)

The start of the school year is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start checking off that back to school list.

Kalee Rhodes is an incoming senior at Waverly High School. She created a back to school list in the beginning of the summer to ensure she’s ready for the new school year.

“I like to be prepared for school,” Rhodes said.

She finished her back to school shopping last week.

School officials said it’s vital parents make sure their children have what they need to start the school year off right.

“Each grade has specifics for what they are wanting based on what their curriculum is,” said superintendent Dustin Day with the Waverly Community Unit School District.

Local superintendents said parents can find a list of back to school items on their school district’s website.

It usually includes materials like a backpack, pencils and maybe a calculator.

Health officials said back to school supplies aren’t the only thing a child needs to begin school. They said it is important children receive their back to school check-ups, as well as their immunizations.

“It’s really important to make sure your child is ready to go back to school because they have to be developmentally ready, emotionally ready, psychologically ready, and it’s also really important to give them the proper vaccines to go back to school,” said Dr. Gopinathan Nambiar, with HSHS Medical Group.

Nambiar said being up to date on vaccinations is important to help reduce the risk of infections.

“There are some requirements that are state mandates that children have to have,” said Valerie Rogers, the Health Services Coordinator for Springfield Public Schools.

Illinois has a state requirement that requires children to have their vaccinations by October 15, if they don’t, they will be sent home.

However, District 186 will send kids home if they don’t have vaccinations within ten days of the first day of school.

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