All children in kindergarten and the second and sixth grades must present proof of having been examined by a licensed dentist before May 15 of the current school year in accordance with rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
If a child in the second or sixth grade fails to present proof by May 15, the school may hold the child’s report card until the child presents proof: (1) of a completed examination, or (2) that a dental examination will take place within 60 days after May 15. The superintendent or designee shall ensure that parents/guardians are notified of this dental examination requirement at least 60 days before May 15 of each school year.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to have their children undergo an eye examination whenever health examinations are required.
Parents/guardians of students entering kindergarten or a public, parochial or private school for the first time shall present proof before October 15 of the current school year that the student received an eye examination within one year prior to entry of kindergarten or the school. A physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches or a licensed optometrist must perform the required eye examination.
If a student fails to present proof by October 15, the school may hold the student’s report card until the student presents proof: (1) of a completed eye examination, or (2) that an eye examination will take place within 60 days after October 15. The superintendent or designee shall ensure that parents/guardians are notified of the eye examination requirement in compliance with the rules of the Department of Public Health. Schools shall not exclude a student from attending school due to failure to obtain an eye examination.
In compliance with the School Code of Illinois, a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall present proof that the student was examined by a licensed physician, advanced practice nurse collaborating with a physician or physician’s assistant: (1) within one year before entering kindergarten or the first grade; (2) upon entering the sixth and ninth grades; and (3) whenever a student first enrolls in a district, regardless of the student’s grade (unless a copy of an Illinois school physical is presented, required grade appropriate, from previous Illinois school attended). A student coming to the District from another state must have a new physical completed (the only exception being the review and approval by the District’s school nurse of the presented out-of state physical that meets the Illinois requirements for a school physical examination). The Illinois school physical examination from must be completed in its entirety (including the diabetes screening).
Items which must be completed on physical form
The physical examination form (also called the Certificate of Child Health Examination form) was changed because of changes in the Illinois Child Health Examination Code.
By law, health examination for all public, private/independent and parochial school students in Illinois must include:
Physical examination which needs to include an evaluation of: height, weight, blood pressure, BMI, skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, mouth/dental, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitor-urinary, neurological, musculoskeletal, spinal examination, nutritional status, lead screening and other evaluations thought necessary by the doctor. The state strongly recommends that evaluations include hemoglobin or hematocrit, urinalysis, and sickle cell. The doctor should list any medications the child takes routinely, diet restrictions/needs, special equipment needed, or other needs and known allergies.
The medical history section must be completely filled out and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the student.
A diabetes screening must be done, and the doctor or health care provider must write the results of the diabetes risk assessment on the physical form.
Lead screening must be done at the health examination for children age six years or younger before they can attend preschool, nursery school, kindergarten or other child care program. If the health care provider does not do a lead screening, the Hamilton County Health Department can do it. Your child will have to take a blood test if you answer “Yes” or “Don’t Know” for any single question on the screening or if he/she has lived in a high risk ZIP code.
Current physicals are also required for students’ trying out for sports/cheerleading activities, (within the last 12 months of the participating sporting event). Documentation must state that the student is able to participate in the activity. The required 6th and 9th grade school physical examination will also work as the sports physical for that year (if it is within 12 months of the start of try-out practice).Physical Form
Physical activity is always encouraged for our students to promote a healthy lifestyle. There are many interscholastic sports activities offered at Hamilton Co. Unit 10.
Please remember that Hamilton Co. Unit 10 follows the Illinois Jr. High & Sr. High Athletic Association’s guidelines re. sports physical exam requirements for anyone wishing to participate in tryouts or practice for a specific sports activity.
Those requirements state that no student shall be permitted to compete in any practice or game (including tryouts) unless the student has on file a current (not more than 12 months preceding such tryout, practice or game) sports physical exam that states the student is physically fit to participate. The sports physical must be completed by a licensed Physician, PA or NP.
The sports physical exams must be given to Health Services at the Jr./Sr. High School for filing and determination of sports eligibility. If you feel that your child may want to participate in any sport during the school year, we advise that you get a physical completed in the summer prior to the start of that school year. Remember, the physician will not automatically send the school the completed physical. Either you or your student should bring the completed physical to school.
Current physicals are also required for students’ trying out for sports/cheerleading activities, (within the last 12 months of the participating sporting event). Documentation must state that the student is able to participate in the activity. The required 6th and 9th grade school physical examination will also work as the sports physical for that year (if it is within 12 months of the start of try-out practice).
Grades - 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th.
Grades – 10th, 11th and 12th ONLY (Free on specified dates) Check with Athletic Director.