Health Requirements & Forms
Schools in the Archdiocese follow the guidelines set forth by the City of Chicago, Cook County and Lake County Health Departments and the State of Illinois.
All children in Illinois shall present proof of having had a health examination and received such immunizations against preventable communicable diseases as required by the Department of Public Health. These records are to be presented to the school before the first day of school. If a child is not in compliance with the health and immunizations requirements by the first day of school, the Principal shall exclude the child from school until the child presents proof of having had the health examination and presents proof of having received required immunizations.
Health Examinations and Proof of Immunization
All children in Illinois shall have a health examination as follows:
- immediately prior to or upon entrance into any public, private or parochial preschool or transferring from outside of the State of Illinois,
- prior to entering kindergarten or the first grade,
- upon entering sixth and ninth grades.
All children in kindergarten and the second and sixth grades shall have a dental examination by a licensed dentist. Parents/guardians are to be reminded of this requirement 60 days before May 15 of each school year. Parents/Guardians seeking an exemption to this requirement must submit the Dental Examination Waiver Form, provided by the State of Illinois Department of Public Health, to the school administrator. Proof of having had a dental exam is to be submitted to the school no later than May 15.
Effective January 1, 2008, all children enrolling in public, private or parochial schools for the first time, or entering kindergarten, shall have an eye exam. Proof of having been examined by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a licensed optometrist is to be submitted to the school no later than October 15. Report cards may be held if the student is not in compliance with this regulation.
This requirement may be waived for those families that show an undue burden or a lack of access to a physician licensed to practice medicine or to a licensed optometrist.