Medical

Physical Examination (Public Act 95-0422)

All school students in Illinois are required to show proof of having met physical examination and immunization requirements prescribed by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Proof of physical examination within the past year is required:

  1. For all students entering school for the first time.
  2. For students transferring from out of Illinois .
  3. For students in Pre-Kindergarten 3, Pre-Kindergarten 4 and Kindergarten
  4. For any students participating in athletics.

 Vision Examination (Public Act 95-671)

Illinois Law states that all children enrolled in kindergarten and any student enrolling in school for the first time shall have an eye examination completed by a licensed physician or optometrist. Proof must be presented by October 15 th of the school year.

 Dental Examination (IL School Code 5/27-8.1)

Illinois Law requires all children in kindergarten, second and sixth grades to have an oral health exam by a dentist. Proof must be presented by May 15 th of the school year.

Lead Screening

Illinois Law requires that all children entering school for the first time must show evidence of having completed a lead screening test.

Immunization Requirements (ISBE 2005)

The dates of required immunizations must be verified by your health care provider (i.e., physician, health department, clinic, etc.) Please note that some of the immunizations are completed in a series of shots that may require several months to complete. For instance, the three Hepatitis B shots may require up to 12 months to complete. It is important that you do not wait until the last minute to schedule an appointment with your health care provider.

 Prekindergarten:

  • Polio (IPV or OPV): 3 or more doses; administered no less than 4 weeks apart.
  • Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus(DTP/DTaP/Td): 4 or more doses; at intervals of no less than 4 weeks apart; last dose at least 6 months from previous dose.
  • Measles: 1 dose administered on/after 1 st birthday.
  • Rubella: 1 dose administered on/after first birthday.
  • Mumps: 1 dose administered on/after first birthday.
  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses, interval of at lease 4 weeks between 1 st & 2 nd dose, interval of at lease 2 months between 2 nd & 3 rd dose. For children entering after July 1, 2002 , the interval between 1 st & 3 rd dose must be 4 months.
  • Hib: Children 24-59 months of age who have not received a primary series according to the Hib schedule must show proof of receiving 1 dose at 15 months of age or older.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): 1 dose on/after 1 st birthday.

 Kindergarten through Grade 12:

  • Polio (IPV or OPV): 3 or more doses; administered no less than 4 weeks apart. Last dose received on/after 4 th birthday.
  • Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DTP/DTaP/Td): 4 or more doses; Last dose received on/after 4 th birthday, at intervals of no less than 4 weeks apart; last dose at least 6 months from previous dose.
  • Children entering school (other than Pre-K, K, & 1 st grades): 3 doses with last dose on/after 4 th birthday, at intervals of no less than 4 weeks apart; last dose at least 6 months from previous dose.
  • Measles: 2 doses, 1 st dose administered on/after 1 st birthday, 2 nd dose no less than 4 weeks after 1 st dose.
  • Rubella: 1 dose administered on/after first birthday.
  • Mumps: 1 dose administered on/after first birthday.
  • Hepatitis B: (not required for K-4 only) all others, 3 doses, interval of at lease 4 weeks between 1 st & 2 nd dose, interval of at least 2 months between 2 nd & 3 rd dose.

For children entering 5 th grade , the interval between 1 st & 3 rd dose must be 4 months. A booster may be required.

Hib: Not required for K-12 and not recommended for children 5 years or older.

  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Entering kindergarten, 1 dose on/after 1 st birthday.

 Exceptions to Health Requirements

Proof of immunity: A physician who believes a child to be protected against a disease for which immunization is required may indicate in writing, stating the reasons, and certifying that the specific immunization is not necessary or indicated.

Health Reasons: If a child is not fully immunized because of health reasons, the physician must state this fact on the health certificate.

Religious Objection: A parent or guardian may object to health examinations, immunizations, dental exam, vision and hearing screening based on religious grounds. (There are currently no religious grounds for objections based upon Catholic doctrine or teachings.) If a religious objection is made, a written and signed statement detailing the specific grounds for the objection must be presented in accordance with current Illinois Law.

In the event of a diagnosed case of a communicable disease, such as measles, any student who is not protected by immunization shall be immediately excluded from school. This exclusion will be effective for 21 days, following the last reported case, or until the student can show proof of immunity.

Accident Insurance

Accident Insurance has been purchased by the school for all students enrolled. Please contact the school office for details of coverage.

Medications *** Please read carefully***

If a student must receive prescription or non-prescription medication at school, a Medication Authorization Form must be completed by the parent or guardian and signed by a prescribing physician. This form must be on file in the office before medication may be administered.

Please take the Medication Authorization Form with you when you visit your doctor. (See addendum)

Students are NOT allowed to carry prescription or non-prescription/over-the-counter medications with them. This includes cough drops and throat lozenges. The only exceptions are for an Inhaler or Epi-Pen. Both require a Medication Authorization form signed by a doctor.

Medications must be brought to the office by an adult and all medications must be locked in the school office. The only exception to this policy will be for students who require a rescue inhaler for asthma. A Medication Authorization Form must also be completed for inhalers. (See addendum)

Prescription medications must be in the original container provided by the pharmacy and the labeled and include the following information:

Name of student

Name of medication

Dosage

Time to be taken

Doctor’s name

Duration

Non-prescription or over-the-counter medications must be in the original container and the student’s name must be affixed to the container. Expired medication will not be administered. Medication will not be supplied by the school or school personnel.

All requests for self-administration of medication will expire at the end of the school year, unless a shorter date is indicated on the Medication Authorization Form.

Parents will pick up unused medications within one week of the ending date listed on the form. Medications that are not picked up within one week will be disposed of by the principal and a witness. At the end of the school year, all left over medication will be destroyed unless picked up on the last day of school.

The office staff or designee will dispense medications only if proper authorization is on file. Parents are permitted to come and administer medications at any time.

 Medication Authorization Form – PDF