Back-to-School Checklist: Annual Sports and School Physicals

Back-to-School Checklist: Annual Sports and School Physicals

Back to school. Care Always. Safe Care, Your Way. UnityPoint Health - Grinnell
The 2020-2021 school year is fast approaching, and as your children return to activities it is important to include an annual physical on their back-to-school checklist. Getting an annual physical helps monitor the growth, development and overall health of your child in addition to safeguarding the health of classmates, teachers and friends.

Back-to-school physicals ensure that your child is up-to-date on vaccines and has met the Iowa requirements for school vaccinations. These visits are important to keep children healthy and focus on your child’s mental, emotional and physical well-being. There is nothing more important than the health and safety of your children.

At UnityPoint Health – Grinnell, we are taking extra steps to ensure that our spaces are safe for your family. In addition to ongoing cleaning and sanitizing, all team members are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks. We are asking everyone, including children over the age of two, to wear a face mask or covering when coming into our health care spaces. Our waiting rooms are also arranged to encourage social distancing. Even though appointments look different this year, our providers are ready to see you and are accepting new patients.

Case Everett, MD

Case Everett, MD,
a UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Family Practice provider, says, “This has been an unprecedented year, and parents are dealing with a lot of information and change as we approach the new school year – but we know that getting an annual physical with the necessary vaccinations for your child is an important part of maintaining good health. Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential to keeping our children protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles or polio. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that kids need to stay up-to-date on vaccines now to prevent outbreaks later. We don’t want to emerge from this pandemic to find any other outbreaks of diseases previously under control. Patient safety is our top priority and we are here to care for you and your family, no matter the circumstances.”

In addition to wearing a mask for your appointment, please remember the following:
  • If you’re new to the clinic, bring any previous medical records and vaccine history.
  • Bring any forms needed for specific sports or camps.
  • Check your MyUnityPoint patient portal for forms that can be filled out ahead of time.
  • Encourage your child to think through any health-related questions they can ask their care team.
Check annual sports and back-to-school physicals off your to-do list today! Call the clinic nearest you to schedule an appointment. For additional information about annual sports and back-to-school physicals, call our clinics or visit

Grinnell Family Practice | 202 Fourth Avenue, Grinnell | (641) 236-2500
Grinnell Pediatrics | 202 Fourth Avenue, Grinnell | (641) 236-2382
Victor Health Center | 709 Second Street, Victor | (319) 647-7511