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Southington students sent home due to incomplete physicals

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SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

More than 60 students in Southington were sent home on the first day of school after they didn’t get their health exams completed.

The Velocity Urgent Care in Southington was extremely busy this week trying to get the students in so they could have the exam completed and head back to class.

There is a state law requiring physicals for some students, so the school didn’t have a choice, but some parents said they didn’t know until it was too late.

“We just had to wait until Sept. 2 to see her pediatrician because that appointment was made a year ago and he just doesn't have any openings," said Southington parent Stephanie Clark.

Her daughter, who is a 10th grade student, was sent home on Thursday along with 63 other sophomores on the first day of school.

Students cannot return to school until the physical is complete and paper work is turned in.

The days missed for students who were sent home because of this count as unexcused absences.

“We didn't know it was mandatory to have a physical for 10th grade. There was no paper sent home for the parents," Clark said.

The state law requires students entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 7th grade and 10th grade to get a physical.

The Southington superintendent of schools said there was an email sent out to parents over the summer, and it is also posted on the school’s website.

The school didn’t have a choice but to send the students home, but some parents said they should make exceptions.

“If you know they have an appointment within the first week or two - let them in. It's not a big deal," Clark said.

Officials from the Urgent Care in Southington said they have seen an uptick in physicals over the last week.

Officials said 60 people have come through the doors this week alone, and on Thursday they saw 15 people.

On Friday there were five scheduled in just the first few hours of them opening.

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