District policy states that no school official or staff member will subject a student to a non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as a condition of school attendance.
Required Health Exams and Immunizations
Students are required to have health exams and immunizations as per Illinois State law. These include the following:
• Kindergarten – physical, dental, vision
• Grade Two – dental
• Grade Six – physical (this exam also covers the interscholastic sports physical), dental
• Grade Seven – physical for students participating in interscholastic sports
• Grade Eight – physical for students participating in interscholastic sports
When you are taking your children for school physicals, please be aware of the following changes in immunization requirements:
Students entering 6th grade are required to show proof of having received three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine. The first two doses should have been received no less than 4 weeks apart. The interval between doses two and three must be at least 2 months apart. Previously, this was required for 5th grade.
All students must show proof of receiving 2 doses of rubella vaccine. The first must be given after the first birthday and the second dose no less than 28 days after. Previously only one dose was required. This is usually given as part of the MMR vaccine.
All students must show proof of receiving 2 doses of mumps vaccine. The first must be given after the first birthday and the second dose no less than 28 days after. Previously only one dose was required. This is also usually given as part of the MMR vaccine.
VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX)
All students must show proof of having 2 doses of varicella vaccine, or proof of immunity, or proof of prior varicella disease. The first dose must be given after the first birthday and the second dose no less than 28 days after. Previously only one dose was required.
Illinois State law requires schools to exclude a student from school when his/her health record is not in compliance. A student may be exempted from health examination and/or immunization requirements on religious grounds if the student’s parents/guardians present to the Superintendent of schools a signed statement explaining the objection. A student may be exempted from the health examination or immunization on medical grounds if a physical provides written verification.
Field Interscholastic Sports
State law requires that all students who participate in interscholastic sports have a physical examination on file. These include the physical examination form and interscholastic sports authorization form. The physical form is valid for one year from the date the doctor performs the exam. Parents/guardians and the health care provider must each complete portions of the physical form.
The Medical Authorization Form must be completed by both the physician and the parent/guardian for all medication including prescription drugs and all over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, etc. All medications must be brought to school by an adult. Prescription medications must be in the original pharmacy container with the child’s name on it. Over the counter medication must be in an unopened container.