District 186 students head back to school

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Monday marks the first day of school for District 186 students.

Students at Matheny-Withrow Elementary were greeted on the first day with a Welcome Back Community Pep Rally Monday morning. Community role models came out to high five and cheer students on as they arrived for their first day.

All students entering pre-k, kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades, as well as all students new to District 186, must have current physicals and immunizations.

Students entering their senior year must also have a meningococcal vaccine. Students who cannot provide current health information will be excluded from school beginning the 10th day.

Families should make appointments as soon as possible with their family doctor to complete these health requirements.

There is one final immunization and physical clinic by appointment only at Sangamon County Department of Public Health on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 9 to 5. Call 217-535-3102 for appointments.

Families should also remember that there is a one-hour early dismissal every Wednesday throughout the entire school year.

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