Illinois State law requires that each child must complete a physical examination and immunization against preventable communicable diseases, including but not limited to measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT), poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, chickenpox, and haemophilus influenza B. A record of necessary immunizations must be presented. The completed Certificate of Health Examination Form must be turned in to the school nurse prior to the first day of attendance. Immunization records that are not complete may be accepted if the provider submits an immunization schedule or medical letter explaining why the immunization is not administered. If a medical reason prevents a student from receiving a required immunization by the first day of school, the student must present, by the first day of school, an immunization schedule and statement of the medical reasons causing the delay. The schedule and statement of medical reasons must be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse, physician assistant, or local health department responsible for administering the immunizations.
In accordance with the rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health, a student will be exempted from this policy’s requirement for:
- Religious objection — allowed if the student’s parents/guardians present to the Superintendent a completed Religious Exemption Form; This must be signed by a medical provider (MD, DO, PA or APN);
- The Health examination or immunization requirements on medical grounds if physician provides written verification; or
- Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child’s parent/guardian is unable to produce immunization and health records normally required for enrollment. The requirement must be met in a reasonable amount of time following admission to The Little Spartans Early Learning program