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Health Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students

Required Health Examinations and Immunizations

A student’s parents/guardians shall present proof that the student received a health examination with proof of the immunizations against, and screenings for, preventable communicable diseases, as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health, within one year prior to:

1.    entering the ninth grade;

2.    enrolling in an Illinois school, regardless of the student's grade (including students transferring into Illinois from out-of-state or out-of-country); and

3.    whenever a health examination is deemed necessary by school authority (participation in athletic program – Policy 7:300).

Proof of immunization against meningococcal disease is required from students in grades 6 and 12, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

 

As required by State law:

 

1.    The required health examination must be performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician authorizing the advanced practice nurse to perform health examinations, or a physician assistant who has been delegated the performance of health examinations by a supervising physician.

2.    A diabetes screening must be included as a required part of each health examination; diabetes testing is not required. 

 

Unless an exemption or extension applies, the failure to comply with the above requirements by the first day of the current school year will result in the student's exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the District.  New students who register after the first day of the current school year shall have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization regulations.  If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immunization by the first day of the current school year, the student must present, by the first day of the current school year, an immunization schedule and a statement of the medical reasons causing the delay.  The schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse, physician assistant, or local health department responsible for administering the immunizations.

 

A student transferring from out-of-state who does not have the required proof of immunizations may attend classes only if he or she has proof that an appointment for the required vaccinations is scheduled with a party authorized to submit proof of the required vaccinations. If the required proof of vaccination is not submitted within 30 days after the student is permitted to attend classes, the student may no longer attend classes until proof of the vaccinations is properly submitted.

 

Eye Examination

Parents/guardians are encouraged to have their children undergo an eye examination whenever health examinations are required.

Parents/guardians of transfer students entering an Illinois school for the first time shall present proof at registration of the current school year that the student received an eye examination within one year prior to entry in the school.  A physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches or a licensed optometrist must perform the required eye examination.

If a student fails to present proof at the time or registration, the school may hold the student’s report card until the student presents proof: (1) of a completed eye examination, or (2) that an eye examination will take place within 60 days after the day of registration.  The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that parents/guardians are notified of this eye examination requirement in compliance with the rules of the Department of Public Health.  Schools shall not exclude a student from attending school due to failure to obtain an eye examination.

Exemptions

In accordance with rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), a student will be exempted from this policy’s requirements for:

1.    Religious or medical grounds, if the student’s parents/guardians present the IDPH’s Certificate of Religious Exemption form to the Superintendent or designee. When a Certificate of Religious Exemption form is presented, the Superintendent or designee shall immediately inform the parents/guardians of exclusion procedures pursuant to Board policy 7:280, Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease and State rules if there is an outbreak of one or more diseases from which the student is not protected.  

2.    Health examination or immunization requirements on medical grounds if a physician provides writtenverification;

3.    Eye examination requirement if the student’s parents/guardians show an undue burden or lack of access to a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches who provides eye examinations or a licensed optometrist; or

4.    Dental examination requirement if the student’s parents/guardians show an undue burden or a lack of access to a dentist.

 

Homeless Child

Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child’s parent/guardian is unable to produce immunization and health records normally required for enrollment.  Board policy 6:140, Education of Homeless Children, governs the enrollment of homeless children.

LEGAL REF.:  McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.

105 ILCS 5/27-8.1.

410 ILCS 45/7.1 and 315/2e, 23 IL.Admin.Code §1.530.

77 Ill. Admin. Code Part 665.

77 Ill.Admin Code Part 690

77 Ill. Admin Code Part 695.

CROSS REF.:            6:30, 6:140, 6:180, 7:50; 7:280

ADOPTED:     October 4, 1999

Revised:       October 28, 2002; September 25, 2003; May 22, 2006; May 29, 2008; December 19, 2009; February 24, 2011; May 31, 2012; December 19, 2013; May 28, 2015; April 28, 2016

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