School Physical


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School Physical

School physicals are a great way to ensure your child is physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to be successful in a school environment. At the offices of Virginia Pediatric Group in Fairfax, Herndon, Great Falls, and Aldie, Virginia, the pediatric specialists offer comprehensive school physicals to meet the registration requirements of your school. Before the start of your school year, call the Virginia Pediatric Group office nearest you to schedule your child’s school physical or book one online today.

School Physical Q & A

What is a school physical?

A school physical is a comprehensive health exam that ensures your child is healthy and able to engage in school and related activities. The exam can also identify specific physical, developmental, or mental health needs your child has to make coordinating care with your school easier.

The pediatricians at Virginia Pediatric Group offer school physicals that meet the requirements of the Department of Education. You will need to schedule a school physical in advance of the start of school for each of your children, and the providers will fill out the necessary forms that you need for school registration.

What is involved in a school physical?

During your child’s school physical, your Virginia Pediatric Group physician reviews your child’s personal and family medical history, lifestyle, and growth. 

They also perform a comprehensive physical noting important information about your child’s health, including:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Temperature
  • Vision and hearing
  • Heart and lung function
  • Spinal alignment
  • Developmental and mental health screens

Based on your child’s age, the providers can also screen your child for behavioral issues, mental health concerns, and chronic diseases that can interfere with their ability to fully participate in the classroom and school-related activities.

If your child is not up to date on immunizations, the providers offer vaccinations that protect children from contagious diseases like measles, hepatitis, and chickenpox. The physicians can also provide proof of vaccination that’s needed for school registration.

The pediatric team can also address issues like sexual health, peer pressure, and drug and alcohol use with your adolescent during their school physical.

Will my child need blood work during a physical exam?

Your child’s pediatrician might request blood work as a screening tool for certain diseases, such as high cholesterol or diabetes, that run in your family.

If your child is experiencing new symptoms that require a diagnosis, or if your pediatrician identifies underlying medical issues at the time of the physical, your child might also need blood tests.

Other diagnostic testing services can address any physical and mental health issues your pediatrician discovers during a school physical to ensure your child gets the treatment they need to succeed in school.

To schedule a school physical for your child, call the Virginia Pediatric Group office nearest you or book an appointment online today.