Newsletters 2019-20 Focus: Back to school - Page 4

Back-to-school basics School supply lists School supply lists are on school websites, and available at Athletics Registration for fall athletic programs be- gins as early as Aug. 1. Required physicals Students must have a sports qualifying physical (valid for three years from the date of the exam) on file to participate in middle school athletic programs or may be picked up at your school’s community education or health office. Game and practice schedules Vision, hearing screenings provided Anoka-Hennepin screens children for possible vision and hearing concerns every two years through seventh grade and notify parents of those needing follow up with private providers. More detailed information about screenings is available in the Anoka-Hennepin School Handbook. State law requires proof your student has been immunized The Minnesota School Immunization Law (MS 121A.11) requires all students to provide proof of vaccine preventable disease immunizations to enroll or remain enrolled in school. Please note that seventh grade students are required to have a vaccination for meningitis. Specific activity schedules are available to view on any middle and high school athletics and activities calendars. There are exceptions to the immunization rules. The state law does allow a process for parents/guardians to file a legal exemption to immunizations for medical reasons or conscientiously held beliefs. The conscientious objection must be notarized and turned in to the student’s Health Service office at his/her school. The form is available on the district website or from the health service office at your student’s school. Early childhood screenings available More detailed information about immunizations is available in the Anoka-Hennepin School Handbook. In Minnesota, all children are required to complete an Early Child- hood Screening before they enter kindergarten. Ideally, the screening should be completed as soon as a child turns three years old and must be completed before the child attends public kindergarten. Screening is a free, simple check of a young child’s health and development. It does not determine kindergarten readiness. 3 Double check start/dismissal times and attendance areas The school district reorganized start/dismissal times and attendance areas for schools across the district for the 2019-20 school year. Check for the time school starts and ends at To confirm schools of attendance for your student(s) go to Parents or guardians may decline screening due to conscientiously held beliefs. A signed statement must be submitted to the screening supervisor if this decision is made. Medications If your child requires medication at school, be sure to talk with the school nurse. 4 More back-to-school information There's only so much room in this printed publication, and while we hope we included what parents and guardians need to start the school year, you may have other questions. Head to for additional information and mandated notifications.