Health requirements for Illinois schools

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Dental exams

As of July 1, 2005, a new State of Illinois law went into effect requiring that all students in Kindergarten, second and sixth grades have an oral health examination performed by a licensed dentist.

For the 2008-2009 school year the exam must be performed sometime after November 15, 2007, and before May 15, 2009.

Following your child’s exam, please have your dentist fill out the form required by the state and return it to the Health Office of his/her school no later than May 15 of each school year.

Vision exams

As of January 1, 2008, the State of Illinois has required that all students entering kindergarten or entering school for the first time from out of state shall have an eye examination before October 15th of the school year.

Physical exams

A physical examination is required for entrance into pre-school, Kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade, and/or when transferring from an out of state school.

The health history portion of the physical examination form must be completed and signed by the parent in order for the physical to be valid.

The exam must be dated within one year prior to the date the student enters school.

At the beginning of the 2007-08 school year, the State of Illinois enacted Public Act 095-0422 which changed the year of the required physical examination for students from “prior to entering 5th grade” to “prior to entering 6th grade.” This means that 4th graders are no longer required to have a physical before entering 5th grade. They will, however, need one the following year when they enter 6th grade.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, students in 5th grade during the 2007-08 school year who had a physical examination that was compliant for starting the current school year will be “accepted and grandfathered for the 2008-09 school year” for their physical examination.

This means that for one year only, students entering 6th grade will not be required to have a repeat physical exam to start school in the fall, unless they are new to the district from out of state.

Immunizations for Pre-school

* Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus:  4 doses of DTP/DtaP

* Polio:  minimum of 3 doses of IPV

* Measles: 1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday (usually given as MMR)

* Mumps: 1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday (usually given as MMR)

* Rubella: 1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday (usually given as MMR)

* Hepatitis B: 3 doses received at proper intervals

* Haemophilus Influenza B: HIB vaccine appropriate to age

* Chicken Pox: As of July 1, 2002 varicella immunization prior entrance to preschool: 1 dose on or after the 1st birthday, or physician’s statement verifying disease history, or laboratory evidence of varicella immunity.

Immunizations for

Kindergarten

* Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus:  4 or more doses of DTP/DtaP with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday

* Polio:  4 or more doses of IPV with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday

* Measles: 2 doses: the first dose received on or after the 1st birthday; second dose no less than 28 days later (usually given as MMR)

* Mumps:1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday (usually given as MMR)

* Rubella: 1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday (usually given as MMR)

* Hepatitis B: No requirements

* Haemophilus Influenza B: Hib immunization not required after 5th birthday

* Chicken Pox: As of July 1, 2002 varicella immunization prior entrance to kindergarten: 1 dose on or after the 1st birthday, or physician’s statement verifying disease history, or laboratory evidence of varicella immunity

Immunizations for 1st – 5th

* Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus:  3 or more doses of DTP/DtaP or Td with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday

* Polio:  3 doses or more of IPV with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday

* Measles: 2 doses: the first dose received on or after the 1st birthday; second dose no less than 28 days later (usually given as MMR)

* Mumps: 1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday (usually given as MMR)

* Rubella: 1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday (usually given as MMR)

* Hepatitis B: Required for grades 5-12

*  (Chicken Pox: As of July 1, 2002 varicella immunization prior entrance to kindergarten: 1 dose on or after the 1st birthday, or physician’s statement verifying disease history, or laboratory evidence of varicella immunity.

Immunizations for 6th – 12th

* Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus: 3 or more doses of DTP/DtaP or Td with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday.  Td booster every 10 years thereafter.

* Polio: 3 doses or more of Polio with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday

* Measles: 2 doses: the first dose received on or after the 1st birthday; second dose no less than 28 days later (usually given as MMR)

* Mumps: 1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday (usually given as MMR)

* Rubella:  1 dose received on or after the 1st birthday (usually given as MMR)

* Hepatitis: 3 doses received at proper intervals

* Chicken Pox:  As of July 1, 2002 varicella immunization prior entrance to kindergarten: 1 dose on or after the 1st birthday, or physician’s statement verifying disease history, or laboratory evidence of varicella immunity.