The Peoria health department has updated their school health requirements brochure for next school year:
MEDICATION END-OF-YEAR PROCEDURE:
Parent(s)/guardian(s) please pick up from the school any unused medication which was prescribed for your child. If you do not pick up the medication by the end of the school year, the school will discard the medication.
Certificates for a free eye exam and glasses if needed are available for students who show signs / symptoms of vision difficulty, and who are not enrolled in Medicaid or other vision insurance. Family income is to be no more than 200% of federal poverty level (ranges from $31,460 for family of two, to $80,180 for family of eight). For more information, please contact District 150 school nurse Laura Miller RN, IL/NCSN at cell phone 231-4439.
Students are not allowed to posses medication during the school day, with the exception of asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors with the completed School Medication Authorization & Release form and nurse approval. This includes over-the-counter medications and cough drops. All medication must be brought to the school office with the completed School Medication Authorization & Release Form (available at the school office, your healthcare provider's office, or for download / print from Peoria Public Schools website: from "Students & Parents" tab, drop down to "Forms" link). For inhalers ONLY, a photocopy of the prescription label on the box substitutes for the health care provider's signature.
DENTAL EXAMS DUE MAY 15:
Students in Pre-Kindergarten, 1st, and 5th grade who submit an exam dated November 15, 2014 or later will also fulfill the dental exam requirement for the following school year.
PHYSICAL EXAMS DUE FALL 2015:
School physical exams completed on the Certificate of Child Health Examination Form are required for students entering PreK, Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grades. For fall 2015, the exam should be dated August 17, 2014 or later.
It's not to early to schedule your child's exam, and submit to your child's current school office.
Please note that exams completed on the IESA / IHSA sport form ARE NOT accepted as proof of the school physical exam. Health care providers may indicate approval for sports on the school form, though.
NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT:
Students entering 6th or 12th grade fall 2015 will be required to show proof of meningococcal vaccine. 6th Grade Entry: Must show proof of receiving one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) on or after 10 years of age
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness, causing meningitis (infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord) and blood infections. It is most common in infants and people age 16-21 years. Even with treatment, 10-15% of these people die, and 11-19% lose their arms or legs, have nervous system problems, become deaf, mentally impaired, or suffer seizures or strokes.
SPORT PHYSICAL EXAM REQUIREMENT:
Sport physicals are required annually for those students participating in extracurricular athletic sports. The exams are valid for 395 days. If your child will be entering 6th or 9th grade next fall, 2015, please ask the health care provider to complete and indicate approval for sports on the “school” exam form. Please note that a physical exam completed on an IHSA/IESA sport physical form DOES NOT meet the requirements for the school exam.
Parents must bring a new Physician or OTC student medication form to the office each year for any medicine to be given to a student. Medication cannot be given to students without a filled out form! Any medication must be in the original container and may only be taken as stated on the container.
In recognition of the fact that some students will be nevertheless required to take medications during school hours, Washington has established the following policies governing the distribution of medications at school.
Injured Students: Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of students who have physical limitations resulting from injuries should contact the nurse's office. Students are required to submit a physician's note regarding any accommodations that may be necessary.