Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
April 25, 2012 11:26 am EDT


UTICA — Springtime is the time for kindergarten registration, and parents/guardians gather pertinent information to provide to the schools, such as birth certificates and immunization records.

Parents in the North Fork district, though, may have been surprised to see a urine sample on the list of things to bring to registration day.


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That is because North Fork schools provide an extra service, said school nurse Marilyn Messick. Ohio law mandates eye, dental and physical examinations before children can enter kindergarten. North Fork enlists the aid of more than 50 volunteer health professionals who will perform those examinations during kindergarten registration times.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for parents,” said Messick. “Their children can see an eye doctor, dentist and physician in one stop on registration day. And it’s all free for the parents.”

Parents may choose to have their child’s regular health care provider conduct the required examinations, which must be completed before the start of school. The cost would then be assumed by the parent.

Registration takes place Wednesday, May 9 (Utica Elementary Day), and Thursday, May 10 (Newton Elementary Day) at the Utica Church of Christ located at 115 North Central Avenue in Utica. The registration will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 2:30 p.m. both days.

To schedule an appointment, call 740-501-3319, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., before May.

Contact Pamela Schehl

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