Preparing Kids for the School Year

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Just about two weeks until local kids head back to school and school districts are reminding parents to get their kids vaccinated and if new to school get an eye exam.

Starting this year, any child under age seven, who’s starting school for the first time is required to get an eye exam.

Springfield educators and doctors we spoke to say these final weeks before school starts is the best time for these medical exams.

“Students entering public schools are required to have a certain set of vaccinations or to have a medical or non-medical exemption to those vaccinations,” said Devon Ashbridge, Springfield Public Schools Spokesperson.

“It’s really great if we can get these kids screened earlier and then we’ll know that they’re ready for the classroom. they have the tool to do the job, basically,” said Dr. Margaret Foley.

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