Health Requirements

Marquardt School District 15


Physical Examinations & Immunizations

Illinois law requires that students have a physical examination and the required immunizations when entering school for the first time and prior to the sixth grade. Physical examinations are also required to try out for any organized sport. Physicians licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, Advanced Practice Nurses or Physicians Assistants shall be responsible for the performance of the health examinations, other than dental examinations and vision and hearing screening, and shall sign all report forms required. Exemptions to the requirements are limited to medical contraindication or religious objection. Illinois law requires students to be excluded from school if these requirements have not been met. The mandated form must be turned in to the health office no later than October 15 of that school year. Physical examination forms are available from the school health office and are available on the district health services website.

Required vaccinations when entering school for the first time:

1. Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) with boosters after four years of age and one dose of Tdap prior to 6th grade entry

2. Polio with boosters after four years of age

3. Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) two doses with the first dose given on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than 4 weeks later

4. Chickenpox (Varicella), two doses with the first dose given on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than 4 weeks later

5. Hib vaccine (for students entering Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten programs only) 6. Hepatitis B vaccine, a series of three over a 6-month period (early childhood, pre-kindergarten and grades six through 8)

7. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (for students entering Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten programs only)

8. Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine – prior to 6th grade entry given on or after the 10th birthday

Note: It is strongly recommended that students also have a skin test for tuberculosis.

Dental Examination

Effective July 1, 2005, Public Act 93-946 requires all Illinois children in Kindergarten, second and sixth grades to have a dental examination between Nov. 15 of the previous school year and May 15 of the current school year. Dental examination forms are available from the school health office and are available on the district health services website.

Vision Examination – Kindergarten and Students New to the State of Illinois

Public Act 95-0671 requires that all children entering kindergarten and all students (grades 1-12) entering an Illinois school for the first time to have proof of an eye exam. This exam must have been performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches or a licensed optometrist within the previous year. The mandated form must be turned in to the health office no later than October 15 of that school year. Vision exam forms are available from the school health office and are available on the district health services website.

Vision & Hearing Screening

Parents will be notified by the school principal in advance of vision or hearing screenings. A child exhibiting vision or hearing problems should consult a doctor regardless of the screening results. The Child Vision and Hearing Test Act (PA 76-1571) requires the following vision and hearing testing be done:

Vision

1. Preschool yearly

2. Special education yearly

3. Foster children yearly

4. Students new to the District who have not been screened at the required grades

5. 2nd and 8th grade*

6. Students at other grade levels may be screened at the request of the teacher or parent.

7. Kindergarten students who have not submitted required exam.

*Students are also screened at 1st and 4th grades.

Hearing

1. Preschool yearly

2. Special education yearly

3. Students new to the District who have not been screened at the required grades

4. Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade

5. Students at other grade levels may be screened at the request of the teacher or parent.

6. Foster children yearly

Administration of Medication (See Board Policy 720.14.)

The primary responsibility for administering medication rests with the parents/guardians of the student. Medication will be administered at school only when necessary for the critical health and well-being of the student. Self-administration of medication by students with asthma or the use of an epinephrine auto-injector by students at risk of anaphylaxis will be permitted in accordance with the School Code and the District’s procedures. Prior to dispensing any medications, a medication form needs to be completed by the parents and physician. Copies of the forms are located at the end of this handbook and are available on the district health services website as a convenience to parents.

Communicable Diseases (See Board Policy 720.18.)

District personnel who know or reasonably believe that a student is or may be suffering from a serious illness (i.e. Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, Hepatitis Type B, Herpes Simplex virus, illness due to infection with HTLV-III (AIDS) virus, etc.) will immediately notify the District nurse and School administrator of the name of the student. The administrative procedures accompanying the Board Policy on Communicable Diseases will be implemented immediately. The identity of the infected child will be protected unless authorized by the Superintendent.