Student Health Information

Immunization, Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations

Required Health Examinations and Immunizations

All students are required to present appropriate proof of a health examination and the immunizations against, and screenings for, preventable communicable diseases within one year prior to:

1. Entering preschool and kindergarten;

2. Entering the sixth and ninth grades; and

3. Enrolling in an Illinois school for the first time, regardless of the student’s grade.

Proof of immunization against meningococcal disease is required for students in grades 6 and 12. A diabetes screening must be included as part of the health exam (though diabetes testing is not required). Students between the age of one and seven must provide a statement from a physician assuring that the student was “risk-assessed” or screened for lead poisoning. Beginning with 2017-2018 school year, an age-appropriate developmental screening and an age-appropriate social and emotional screening are required parts of each health examination.

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 school, subject to certain exceptions. A student will not be excluded from school due to his or her parent/guardian’s failure to obtain a developmental screening or a social and emotional screening. New students who register mid-term have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization requirements. If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immunization by October 15, the student must present, by October 15, an immunization schedule and a statement of the medical reasons causing the delay. The schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by an appropriate medical professional.

Parents or legal guardians who are requesting a religious exemption to immunizations or examinations must use the Illinois Certificate to Religious Exemption to Required Immunizations and/or Examinations form for students entering kindergarten, sixth, or ninth grades. The form may not be used for exemptions from immunizations and/or examination for personal or philosophical reasons. Illinois law does not allow for such exemptions. The form must be signed by the child’s parent or legal guardian and the child’s health care provider responsible for performing the child’s health examination.

Eye Examination

All students entering kindergarten or an Illinois school for the first time must present proof by October 15 of the current school year of an eye examination performed within one year. Failure to present proof by October 15, allows the school to hold the student’s report card until the student presents: (1) proof of a completed eye examination, or (2) that an eye examination will take place within 60 days after October 15. Children who show an undue burden or a lack of access to an optometrist or to a physician who provides eye examinations shall receive a waiver from the requirement for an eye examination. The Eye Examination Waiver form is available at the school and must be submitted to the school by October 15 of the school year it is required.

Dental Examination

All students entering kindergarten, second and sixth grades must present proof by May 15 of the current school year of having been examined by a licensed dentist within the last 18 months. Failure to present proof allows the school to hold the child’s report card until the student presents: (1) proof of a completed dental examination, or (2) that a dental examination will take place within 60 days after May 15. Children who show an undue burden or a lack of access to a dentist shall receive a waiver from the requirement for a dental examination. The dental examination waiver form shall be submitted to the school by May 15 of the school year. However, the school schedules a mobile dental program to come in to the school that would fulfill this dental exam requirement.

2021-2022 State of Illinois Health Requirements

Kindergarten Requirements

Physical Examination (within 1 year of the 1st day of school) - This must be documented on the State of IL Child Health Examination form. (included in this packet) Please make sure that you have filled out the Health History section on this form or it will be returned to you. These forms are due on/before the 1st day of school.

Immunization Record - This should be written & signed on the above form or a copy of the immunizations from the physician’s office will be accepted. Required immunizations for incoming Kindergarteners are as follows: (In accordance with the IL Child Health Examination Code Section 665.240)

  • DTaP—4 or more doses (last dose on/after 4th birthday)

  • Polio (IPV)—4 or more doses (last dose on/after 4th birthday)

  • Varicella—2 doses

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)—2 doses

Vision Examination - This exam is to be submitted no later than October 15th of their Kindergarten school year. (required form included in this packet)

Dental Examination - This exam is to be submitted no later than May 15th of their Kindergarten school year. Dental exams must be dated within 18 months of the May 15th deadline. (required form included in this packet)

2nd Grade Requirements

A dental examination is required for all 2nd grade students by May 15th of their 2nd grade school year. Dental exams must be dated within 18 months of the May 15th deadline.

6th Grade Requirements

Physical Examination (within 1 year of the first day of school) - This must be documented on the State of IL Child Health Examination form. (included in this packet) Please make sure that you have filled out the Health History section on this form or it will be returned to you. These forms are due on/before the 1st day of school.

Immunization ecord - This should be written on the above form & signed or a copy of the immunizations from the physician’s office will be accepted. Required immunizations for incoming 6th graders are as follows: (In accordance with the IL Child Health Examination Code Section 665.240)

  • Tdap—1 dose

  • Polio(IPV)—3 or more doses (last dose on/after 4th birthday)

  • Hepatitis B—3 doses according to required schedule

  • Varicella—2 doses according to required schedule

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)—2 doses according to required schedule

  • Meningococcal Conjugate (Meningitis)—1st dose on or after 11th birthday

Dental Examination - This exam is to be submitted no later than May 15th of their 6th grade school year. Dental exams must be dated within 18 months of the May 15th deadline.

Transfer in from “Out of State” Health Requirements

Physical Examination - This is required for all students entering Illinois. This exam must be documented on the State of IL Child Examination Form. In addition, an immunization record from the physician must be written & signed on the above form or a copy provided. These are to be submitted within 30 days of the first day of school.

Vision Examination - This is required for any student entering an IL school for the first time at any grade. This is to be submitted no later than October 15th of the current school year.

Immunization Requirements

Immunization Requirements.pdf