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Back to School Check List

Aug 10, 2017, 12:17 PM

Back to School

The 2017-18 school year is just weeks away, as most parents are well aware from the letters emblazoned with the indicia of the school their child(ren) attends arrive in the mailbox and email box. It provides information and supplies needed to have a successful start to the school year. Pencils? Check. Paper? Check. All healthcare requirements for your child to begin the school year? Probably not listed in your back-to-school announcements letter. To help make the return to school easier, below is a checklist of healthcare items GRMC can help tick off the back-to-school lists – in alphabetical order.

Allergies and Medication Lists
Updating your child’s list of allergies and medications from year-to-year is an appropriate way to have annual documentation of your child’s needs. This way the school is prepared in the event that your child has an immediate healthcare-related need, and you can rest assured the school has been properly informed and prepared. Unsure of whether your child has allergies or medication needs? GRMC can help!

Visiting ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists, Michael Reed, MD, and Jeremy Vos, MD, with ENT Medical Specialists (Iowa City) host a weekly clinic at GRMC. ENT – formally known as otolaryngology – is the oldest medical specialty in the United States, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

Common conditions and procedures completed at GRMC through the ENT Medical Services clinic include:

  • Allergy testing and treatment
  • Ear problems and ear tube insertion
  • Tonsils and adenoids
  • Sinuses/sinusitis and surgery
  • Hoarse throats
  • Swallowing problems
  • Skin lesions
  • Sleep apnea/obstruction
  • Plastic surgery for noses, ears, and eyes

For more information, call ENT Medical Services in Iowa City at 800-642-6217. For information about your child(ren)’s medication needs, please contact your primary care provider.

Emergency Contacts
Much like with the allergies and medications lists, updating the emergency contact information, as well as the “Do not allow my child to leave with this individual” information, ensures that the school will have up-to-date contact records each year. Create the emergency contact list in order of priority; include the name, relationship to your child, and phone number where they can be reached. Lists like these help protect your child(ren) and give you peace of mind. It is a good idea to have the number of your family’s primary care provider listed as well.

This check list item should come as no surprise to parents of school-aged children. Although it is not a fun task to take care of, up-to-date immunizations are required for enrollment by most school districts. Contact your child’s school to find out the exact immunization requirements, and check out Iowa’s updated immunization requirements at If you have questions, please contact your primary care provider for more information.  Grinnell Regional Public Health offers weekly immunization clinics. Check the schedule at

Important Note
If you don’t have a primary care provider for any of the check list items above, visit for contact information of providers in the Grinnell area.


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