Yearly Health Requirements

Attached is an important letter from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding Tdap immunation for students entering 6-12 grade starting the 2013-2014 school year.  Please read!


The Illinois School Code requires that all children entering school must:

  • Present proof that the student has received a current health examination (comprehensive physical) as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health within one year prior to entering kindergarten , sixth grade , or an Illinois school for the first time, regardless of grade .
  • Provide written documentation of all state mandated immunizations, or provide documentation of a scheduled appointment to complete the required immunization(s), or have been granted either a religious or medical exemption.
  • Those students who do not meet the above requirements by the fourth (4th) Friday in September of the current school year, or within thirty (30) days of registration, will be excluded from school until the required health forms are presented to the school nurse.

Immunization Requirements

The Illinois Public Health Department requires that immunizations be given according to state law.  If the immunizations are not given according to IDPH Immunization Guidelines, you must also submit a letter from your healthcare provider stating why a waiver should be granted.  If a waiver statement is not submitted, students will be excluded from attending school according to the School Board policy. 

NEW REQUIREMENTS!  New for the 2013-2014 school year, ALL 6-12 grade students must receive a Tdap booster, regardless of when they received their last DPT immunization.  This immunization requirement will be enforced starting with the 2013-2014 school year, and will include any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student.

Additional health-related exams required by the Illinois School Code

  • All students entering kindergarten and those enrolling in an Illinois School for the first time, regardless of grade level, must present proof of an eye examination by a qualified doctor by October 15th of the school year, or within thirty (30) days of registration; and
  • All students in kindergarten, second, and sixth grades must present proof of a dental examination by May 15th of the school year.
  • If you are unable to obtain a required eye or dental exam, please submit a Waiver

More information may be found in Section 7:100 of the School Board Policy.

 Vision and Hearing Screenings 

Vision and hearings screenings will be done on those students required by the School Code of the State of Illinois.  These screenings are not a substitute for a complete evaluation by your doctor.  The Illinois School Code for the Illinois Department of Public Health Vision and Hearing Program requires this written notification.