Health: With Rome, Floyd County schools opening in less than three weeks, what you need to know about keeping your students healthy.

Health: With Rome, Floyd County schools opening in less than three weeks, what you need to know about keeping your students healthy.

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“Summer’s hardly begun,” says Floyd County Health Department Nurse Manager Alison Watson, “but it’s not too soon for parents to check some of those mandatory back-to-school tasks off their list now and beat the rush.”

Watson’s referring to certain screenings and immunizations, all of which may be obtained at the health department, that are required by law for Georgia children before they can enter school this year. That’s key as Rome City Schools start classes on July 28; county students report Aug. 2.

“Hearing, vision, dental, and nutrition screenings are required for any student entering a Georgia school for the first time,” Watson reminds.  “Also, children born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, who are entering or transferring into seventh grade as well as children who are new entrants into a Georgia school in grades eight through twelve need proof of having received one dose of the adolescent pertussis or whooping cough booster vaccination called ‘Tdap’ and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination prior to starting school.”

These requirements affect all public and private schools.

Watson encourages parents to bring their children in now so they can complete their screenings and immunizations required for school.  Immunizations and hearing, vision, dental, and nutrition screenings are done on a walk-in basis.  No appointment is necessary.

When your child’s immunizations are up-to-date, you will receive a copy of the Form 3231 Georgia Immunization Certificate.  When your child completes their Hearing, Vision and Dental and Nutrition screenings, you will receive a copy of the Form 3300 Certificate of Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition Screening.

Floyd County Health Department hours are Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please note that the health department is closed for lunch Monday–.Thursday noon to 1 p.m. and for staff training from 8 am to 12 noon the third Thursday of every month. Contact the Floyd County Health Department, 16 E. 12th St. Rome, at 706-295-6123; the Environmental Health office at 706-295-6316, or www.nwgapublichealth.org/counties/floyd or www.facebook.com/FloydCountyHealthDepartment

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