Physical Examination/Immunization Requirements
The School Code of Illinois requires that each student entering 9th grade have a physical examination completed by a licensed physician, advanced practice nurse or physicians’ assistant, on file before beginning school. The “Medical History” section must be completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the student. Be sure that all of the remaining components of the required form are completed by your health care provider. The health record must include dates of all required immunizations. Please note that starting with the 2011-2012 school year; each student is required to have the Varicella vaccination. This is a new vaccination requirement for high school students beginning with the 2010-11 academic year.
The completed form must be returned to Health Services by Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The school administration strongly encourages parents to make an appointment early with your health care provider to avoid any unnecessary delays in complying with this school requirement. If your son/daughter plans to participate in any Athletic Programs, the physical examination must be completed after June 15th to ensure coverage for the full school year. (We encourage you to retain a copy of your child’s physical examination record with immunization dates for your personal records.)
It is important to note, if the required physical examination record has not been turned in to the Health Services office, your student will be unable to receive their registration packet and schedule on fee payment day. Students not complying with this state mandate for physical examination and immunizations will be excluded from attending school until the requirements are complete. School absences due to non-compliance with School Code of Illinois requirements for physical examination and immunizations are considered unexcused.
Transfer Student Requirements:
Students transferring from an Illinois school must bring a copy of their ninth grade physical and a complete and current immunization record with them to the registration appointment to be eligible for class registration. Students transferring from out-of-the-state or country must also bring their prior school health records to the registration appointment. Beginning January 1, 2008, the Illinois School Code required all students entering an Illinois public school for the first time must have a complete eye examination. The completed eye exam form must be returned to Health Services by October 15.
It is important to identify any health concerns, allergies or medications on the back side of the physical exam form. Please call the office to notify/discuss any serious chronic health issues that your student may have prior to the start to the school year. Throughout the school year, it is critical to immediately notify the Health Services office of any changes in emergency contact information or changes in medical conditions or medications.
If your child requires medication during the school day, a medication authorization form must be completed by the prescribing physician and the parent. Students are prohibited from carrying medications or keeping medications in their locker. Only students authorized to self-administer asthma medication or rescue epinephrine pursuant to the regulations on self-administration of asthma medications in school, are permitted to carry those medications on their person.
Thank you for your cooperation. The Illinois Physical and medication authorization forms are available on the right hand column of this webpage. Questions regarding the above policies can be directed to the Health Services office by calling (630) 795-8480.