A back-to-school physical is vital for more reasons than you may think.

Believe it or not, back-to-school time is already here. Before your child steps on the bus, make sure you schedule an appointment for a check-up. The Children's Medical Group in Poughkeepsie is reminding parents that an end-of-summer visit with their child's doctor can be important for many reasons.

Of course, parents will need to get all of those forms filled out for the first day of school. Whether it's catching up on mandatory vaccines or getting notes for medications, a trip to the pediatrician can sort everything out and prevent any hiccups on that first day of school.

There are also many other reasons to get a physical for your child before they return to in-class instruction. The Children's Medical Group can catch barriers to learning before they become a roadblock to learning. For example, you may be unaware that your child's vision has decreased over the summer. Or, perhaps there's an issue with their hearing. These issues are often discovered during a routine physical, allowing parents to address them now instead of later in the school year after their child beings struggling with seeing the board or understanding the teacher.

Many parents probably also have questions about returning to class during the current increase in COVID-19 cases. Does wearing a mask really protect an unvaccinated child? Should they be riding the bus? What about eating in the cafeteria? Answers to these questions will give both you and your child peace of mind when finally returning to the classroom.

With eight locations throughout the Hudson Valley, there's sure to be one of The Children's Medical Group locations near you. Check out childrensmedgroup.com or call 845-452-1700 for a full list of offices and extended hours.