Peoria Public Schools switches to 1st day compliance requirements for 2016-2017
On January 25, 2016, the Board of Education approved an update to Board Policy 7:100, requiring health documentation compliance by the first day of school. Students not in compliance by the first day of school (August 17, 2016), will not be allowed to start the school year until all health documentation requirements are met.
The policy update is a switch from the October 15th deadline the District has used for several years. District staff is working on a plan to update registration requirements and add registration events prior to the start of the school year in an effort to decrease the number of families that are non-compliant. This school year, approximately 600 students were non-compliant on the October 15th deadline.
Families are strongly encouraged to schedule health appointments now, so that documentation can be prepared and turned in to your school, avoiding first day compliance issues. Download the District's health requirements flyer for health information, recommended service providers and other services that can assist families through this process.
Below please find a link to the updated school health flyer from the Peoria City / County Health Department:
Please note the new requirement of 4 doses of Polio (instead of 3) for Kindergarten students only starting fall 2016.
The requirement will "stair-step" up one year each year; for fall 2017, it will be required for K & 1st, etc...
Attention parents of 6th grade students:
Illinois state law requires that all children in kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades have a dental examination performed by a licensed dentist by May 15 of that school year. Dental exams are on this schedule and needed during 2nd and 6th grades as the back teeth (molars) usually erupt during this time. This allows dentists the opportunity to apply dental sealants to these teeth following the examination, a strong preventive measure for tooth decay. Research links good oral health with good body health.
The dental exam must have been completed within the 18 months prior to the May 15th deadline (The exam must be dated 11/15/14 or later, and is due by 5/15/16.)
Low cost dental exams, and dental exams for students covered by a medical card/All Kids card are available at the Peoria Health Department Dental Clinic. - 679-6141
Attention parents of 5th grade students:
A dental exam dated 11/15/15 or later will meet the requirement for the 6th grade dental exam next school year.
SPORT PHYSICAL EXAMS
Sport physical exams are required annually for students who participate in athletic sports.
The exams completed on the IESA / IHSA form are valid for 395 days.
For students currently in 5th & 8th grade, please let your health care provider know in advance that your child will also need a SCHOOL PHYSICAL / form for 6th & 9th grade fall 2016. The sport physical form is NOT ACCEPTED as proof of a SCHOOL exam.
With cold and flu season approaching, remember that a new school medication form is required each school year for each student who is required to take prescription or over-the-counter medication at school, including cough/throat drops. Oral medication may not be administered without this completed form. The medication is to be in its original labeled container, and is kept locked in the school office.
School Medication forms may be found on: www.psd150.org "Students & Parents" tab, drop down to "Forms," and click on the link to "School Medication Authorization and Release Form."
For inhalers only, the prescription label substitutes for the health care provider’s portion of the form - DO NOT take the form to the health care provider's office.
Foster parents must obtain the signature of the legal guardian (DCFS agent).
Under certain conditions, District 150 policy permits student's possession and self-administration of emergency medication (inhaler for asthmatics, epinephrine auto-injector for allergic reactions). Parents must indicate permission for such on page two of the school medication form.
It is recommended students who possess these medications keep a spare supply in the school office.
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, 2015 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 2016, the exam should be dated August 17, 2015 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 2016 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, 2016, 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.