Health Examinations and Immunizations
The State of Illinois has several requirements for health examinations over the course of a child’s school career as listed in the table below:
Religious Exemption Form**Vision Screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo the school’s vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.
Public Act 99-024, effective Aug. 3, 2015,
Requires parents and legal guardians who object to vaccinating their students for religious reasons to submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, signed by a health care provider. Previously, a parent could simply submit a statement of objection. The Certificate of Religious Exemption form is available at the Illinois Department of Public Health website. The requirement for a Certificate of Religious Exemption will take effect Oct. 16. This date means any students who enroll after Oct. 15 or who have not yet provided proof of immunization must provide a Certificate of Religious Exemption. However, students who have already gone through the process would not be required to revisit a healthcare provider. Additional information and some best practices on immunizations are available http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/immunization/religious-exemption.