HEALTH EXAMINATIONS AND IMMUNIZATIONS
A student’s parent/guardian must present proof that the student was examined by a licensed physician and received the immunizations and screenings for preventable communicable diseases as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health within one year prior to:
- Entering Pre-K, Kindergarten or first grade (if the child did not attend Kindergarten);
- Entering the sixth, ninth and twelfth grades; and
- Enrolling in an Illinois school, regardless of the student’s grade, when transferring into Illinois from out-of-state or out-of-country.
NOTE: DURING ANNUAL ONLINE REGISTRATION, PLEASE REMEMBER TO COMPLETE THE HEALTH PAGE.
Failure to comply with the above requirements by October 15 of the current school year will result in the student’s exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the District. If a student is considered homeless, the district will make every effort to assist with obtaining these requirements.
IMMUNIZATIONS must be up to date according to the IDPH guidelines.
- If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immunization by October 15, the student must present, an immunization schedule and a Statement of Medical Exemption* with the reasons causing the delay. The schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for administering the immunizations.
- If there is a religious objection, a Certificate of Religious Exemption* must be completed by the parent/guardian, signed by a physician, presented to the school nurse/principal and approved by the district superintendent or designee.
- Transfer students who are first-time registrants shall have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization regulations.
A completed PHYSICAL EXAM includes all required fields (immunizations, examination results, system review, diabetic screening, lead risk assessment, physical education examination)
- MUST be on the Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination* form signed by a Physician/PA/NP including the office stamp/contact information.
- The health history located on the back of the physical form MUST be completed and signed by the parent/guardian.
- MUST be completed by October 15 of the required grade or may be subject to EXCLUSION from school.
All children in Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th and 9th grades must present proof of having been examined by a licensed dentist before May 15 of the current school year in accordance with rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Dental examinations are to be completed on the IDPH Proof of School Dental Examination* form and MUST include the dentist’s signature and office/clinic information. The dental exam must have been completed within 18 months of May 15 of the required grade level.
A Dental Exam Waiver* must be on file if the student’s parents/guardians show an undue burden or lack of access to a dentist.
All children entering Kindergarten or transferring from a school outside of Illinois (for the first time) are required to have eye exam performed by an eye doctor. The Illinois Eye Examination Report* form must include the doctor’s signature and be completed within one year upon entry to an Illinois school.
If your child will be participating in grades 7-12 sports, a sports physical is required annually. (9th Grade physical exam may be used during freshman year only.) The completed IHSA/IESA Physical* form MUST be completed and submitted to the school Athletic Department prior to tryouts/practice/play. Sports physicals are valid for 395 days.
VISION AND HEARING SCREENING
The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that certain grade levels are screened for hearing and vision by certified vision and hearing technicians.
Hearing screenings are conducted for early childhood, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, grades 1-3, special education, and new students to the districts. Vision screening are conducted for early childhood, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, second grade, eighth grade, special education, and new students to the district.
Vision screening is NOT a substitute for a complete eye exam by an eye doctor. However, if a student has completed an eye exam within the previous 12 months, and that evaluation is on file at the school, the child will not need a screening. An Eye exam by an eye doctor is still required for kindergarten and students who are attending an Illinois school for the first time.
Teachers and Parents may request an additional screening by contacting the SCHOOL NURSE. If a student fails either the hearing or vision screenings, the parent/guardian will be notified and a referral for further examination may be needed.
Contact your SCHOOL NURSE if you are in need of assistance finding resources, etc. We are more than willing to assist you in any way we can to prevent your child’s exclusion from school.