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School Physicals services offered in Cumming, GA

Beginning a new school year or changing to a new school is an exciting time, and getting your child’s school physical is part of the process. For families in and around the community of Cumming, Georgia, Hiral Lavania MD, FAAP, IBCLC, of One Family Pediatrics is an excellent resource for school physicals and other specialized exams. Your visit can be scheduled with just a few clicks online or by calling the office.

School Physicals Q & A

What is the purpose of school physicals?

School physicals are intended to determine if your child is healthy enough to attend school without the risk of harm. Many school districts require a school physical before beginning kindergarten, but some require more frequent physical exams. 

It’s also common to be asked to complete a school physical if your child moves to a new school, either within or outside of the same district. Even changing from public to private school or vice versa can trigger a request for a school physical. 

How do I know if my child needs a school physical?

If your child needs a school physical, the school or school district will inform you of the requirement. This usually occurs when you begin the process of registering your child. 

Some schools have specific paperwork they require to fulfill the school physical request. If so, they might send you the necessary paperwork to bring in on the day of your visit, or they can always send it directly to One Family Pediatrics. The practice can provide the 3200 and 3231 forms needed to enroll your child in kindergarten or to change schools.

What happens during school physicals?

When you bring your child in for a school physical, expect many of the same assessments during well-child exams. Your pediatrician will gather information on your child’s height, weight, and overall condition. Some of the specific areas that might be checked as part of a school physical include:

  • Vision 
  • Hearing
  • Skin condition
  • Basic neurological function
  • Reflexes
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Breathing function

Much of the information gathered during the visit is included in the required paperwork. This data is also added to your child’s medical record and referred to during subsequent visits. If your child’s pediatrician detects any areas of concern, she’ll discuss whether additional screening is needed and what to expect. 

A thorough review of your child’s immunization record is also part of the process. If there are gaps in their immunization, those vaccines can be administered during your visit. 

When you’re ready to get started, call the office to book a visit, or schedule online in just a matter of moments.