Required Health Exams and Immunization Recording
Health, Immunization, Dental, and Eye Exams
For the purpose of safeguarding the health of children, District 15 enforces Illinois student health requirements. These requirements consist of health, dental, and eye exams and immunizations specific to grade and age.
- HEALTH EXAMS are required for students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and those who are new to the school. The Certificate of Child Health Examination form is available online and in the school office.
The exam form, completed and signed by a licensed healthcare provider, must be dated within one year prior to the first day of school and must include lead screening for children who are six years or younger and diabetes screening. A tuberculosis (TB) skin test is recommended. The Health History section of the form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian.
According to District policy and Illinois School Code, students who do not provide proof of receiving the required immunization and/or exam are excluded from school on October 15. Students new to Illinois schools, who register midterm, are allowed 30 days following registration to comply with the health requirements.
Required school immunizations are:
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP/DTaP)
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
- Have received 4 doses of DTP/DTaP at the recommended intervals with the last dose received on or after the fourth birthday.
Grades 6, 7, & 8
- Have received 1 booster Tdap.
- Have received 3 doses of IPV at the recommended intervals.
- Have received 4 doses of IPV at the recommended intervals with the last dose received on or after the fourth birthday.
Hepatitis B (HBV)
Pre-Kindergarten and Grades 6, 7, & 8
- Have received 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine at the recommended intervals.
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Have received 1 dose of varicella vaccine after the first birthday.
- Have received 2 doses of varicella vaccine with the first dose on or after the first birthday.
Measles (Rubeola) German Measles (Rubella, 3 Day) Mumps – (MMR)
- Have received 1 dose of MMR vaccine after the first birthday.
- Have received 2 doses of MMR vaccine with the first dose on or after the first birthday.
Meningococcal conjugate (MCV4)
Grades 6, 7, & 8
- Have received 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) on or after 11 years of age.
Additional immunizations for students less than 5 years old (Pre-Kindergarten):
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)—Have received the series of Hib vaccines.
- Pneumococcal—Have received the pneumococcal vaccine according to the PCV schedule.
On October 15, students who have not provided a health exam or required immunizations will be excluded from school. Students new to Illinois schools, who register midterm, have 30 days following registration to comply with the health requirements.
- DENTAL EXAMS are required for students in kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade. The dental examination must have taken place within 18 months prior to May 15 of the school year. A waiver form is available in the case of an undue burden or lack of access to a dentist. The IDPH Dental Examination form (English/Spanish) and and the waiver form are available here and in the school office. If a student fails to present proof of a dental exam or a waiver form by May 15, the school may withhold the student's report card until the student presents proof: (1) of a completed dental exam, or (2) that a dental exam will take place within 60 days after May 15.
- EYE EXAMS are required for students entering kindergarten and entering Illinois schools for the first time. A waiver form is available in the case of an undue burden or lack of access to an optometrist or to a physician who performs eye examinations. The State of Illinois Eye Examination Report and waiver form are available here and in the school office. If a student fails to present proof of a eye exam or waiver form by October 15, the school may withhold the student's report card until the student presents proof: (1) of a completed eye exam, or (2) that an eyel exam will take place within 60 days after October 15.
In addition, annual health examinations are required for interscholastic sports participation. Physical exams are required, before trying out, for participation in an interscholastic sport. The exam form, completed and signed by a doctor, must be dated within 13 months prior to the start of practice or tryouts, and on file in the school nurse's office. Physical forms (Certificate of Child Health Examination forms) are available in the school office and online.
Guidelines Applicable to Medical and Religious Immunization Exemptions
Religious Objection to Immunization and Examination: Under Illinois law, parents or legal guardians who object to immunizations and/or health, dental, or eye examinations, or any part thereof, on religious grounds are not required to submit their children to the examinations or immunizations. When the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is requesting a religious exemption from a vaccine requirement, a Certificate of Religious Exemption form signed by a healthcare provider licensed under the IL Medical Practice Act is required. The instructions for completing the Certificate of Religious Exemption form and the form are available at: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/immun-exam-gdlns-religious-exempt.pdf.
Medical Exemptions: Under Illinois law, exemptions from student health requirements are allowed. The examining physician, advanced-practice nurse, or physician assistant responsible for the performance of the health examination shall endorse that fact upon the health examination form or in a statement attached to the student’s Certificate of Child Health Examination form indicating an immunization is medically contraindicated. Statements from physicians indicating a specific medical condition that predisposes a student to a potential health risk if vaccinated are forwarded to the Illinois Department of Public Health Immunization Program Representative for review. If the Illinois Department of Public Health does not approve the statement, a copy of the explanation will be forwarded to the student’s parent(s) informing them that the student must receive the required immunization(s).
Immunization data: 2018-19 Student Health Data—Immunization, as reported to the Illinois State Board of Education.