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 2019-2020 Immunization Guidelines

 6/3/2019

​Rockford Public Schools have established an exclusion date as the first day of school in order to meet the requirements for health examinations and immunizations. No appointment cards will be accepted.

HEALTH EXAMS: A student must have a physical examination within one year of entering:

  • Pre-school
  • Kindergarten
  • 6th Grade
  • 9th Grade

New students (new to IL) who register after the first day of school have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization regulations. 

IMMUNIZATIONS: Students must show proof of basic immunizations and required boosters for: 

• Diphtheria 

• Tetanus 

• Pertussis 

• Polio 

• Red Measles 

• Mumps 

• Rubella 

• Varicella 

• Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (required for pre-school only) 

• Meningococcal (6th - 10th and 12th graders) 

• Pneumococcal (24-59 months) 

• Hepatitis B (required for pre-school and 6th - 12th grades) 

• Tdap vaccine (required for 6th - 12th grades)

LEAD SCREENING: Students entering pre-school and kindergarten must show proof of lead screening. It is mandatory for students living in ZIP codes 61101, 61102, 61103, and 61104. 

DENTAL EXAMS: All Illinois children in Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th and 9th grades are required to have an oral health exam by a licensed dentist prior to May 15 of the school year. If a child fails to present proof of exam, the school may hold the child’s report card until written proof is established or until proof that an exam will take place within 60 days of the May 15 deadline. 

EYE EXAMS: All children enrolling in Kindergarten and any student enrolling for the first time in a public, private, or parochial school are required to have an eye exam before the first day of school. The exam must be completed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If a child fails to present proof of exam, the school may hold the child’s report card until written proof is established or until proof that an exam will take place within 60 days after the first day of school. 

WAIVER: The Department of Public Health shall establish a waiver for children who show an undue burden or lack of access to obtain either a dental or eye exam. 

OBJECTIONS: Children, whose parents or legal guardians object to health or dental examinations, or to the required immunizations, may submit an Illinois Certificate of Religious exemption from their doctor’s office. 

These required health examinations, immunizations and lead screening may be obtained at the doctor’s office or clinic of your choice:

• Your child’s primary care physician 

• The Winnebago County Health Department 815-720-4000 

• The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile 815-971-5800, ext. 5

• Crusader Community Health School Based Health Center/Auburn Campus 815-490-1600