Health Services

    The Health Services at North Chicago Schools are trained staff which provides quality care to the children in the North Chicago Schools District. The District employs Paramedics (EMT-P), Health assistants, and Registered Nurses who are under the supervision of the District Nurse.

    The Health office personnel provides assistance with first aid, administered medication to students and notify the District Nurse, parents and or school principal in the event of health problems or injuries at school. They also assist with vision and hearing screening and other special health needs.

    Each of the North Chicago Schools has a health office staffed with individuals certified in both CPR/AED and first Aid.

    Illinois law requires that school districts have on file medical verification of certain immunizations for students entering school.  Immunization dates and records must be submitted on the Child Health Form, signed, stamped, and dated by the health care provider.

     Immunizations that must be verified in writing by a doctor are as follows;

    • At least four diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) or diphtheria-tetanus(DT) shots are required for children entering Pre-K K and Grade 1 and at least three for all other grades, with the last one being on or after the child’s fourth birthday for Pre-K through Grade 5. All 6th grader and above are also required to have the TDAP vaccine. See http://www.isbe.net/pdf/school_health/idph-Tdap-parent-ltr-010313.pdf.

    • At least three Polio vaccines are required, with the last one being on or after the child’s fourth birthday.

    • Two Measles immunizations or a doctor’s verification of having had the disease is required. The first measles immunization should be given on or after the first birthday and the second no sooner than 28 days later.

    • Rubella immunization is required on or after the first birthday.

    • Mumps immunization is required on or after the first birthday.

    • Varicella immunization on or after the first birthday, or a doctor’s verification of having had the disease is required for all children entering a child care facility, a preschool program or Kindergarten- 8th grade.

    • Three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine are required for all students in childcare and preschool as well as those in 5th through 8th grade. The interval between the first two doses must be no less than four weeks, the interval between the second and third dose must be at least two months, and the interval between the first and third dose must be at least four months.

    Physical Exams

    Proof is required of a physical examination dated no earlier than one year prior to a student entering kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade for all students entering the District for the first time, and for all students entering our District from out-of-state or out-of-country.

    Dental Exams

    In compliance with Illinois Public Act 093-0946, by May 15th of that school year, students entering kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade are required to have a dental exam on file.  School dental examinations must have been completed within the 18 months prior to the May 15th deadline. The dental exam form is available on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

    Eye Exams

    Illinois law requires proof of a comprehensive eye examination for all children entering kindergarten, or enrolling in a public, private or parochial school for the first time in Illinois.  The examination must have been completed within one year prior to the child beginning school and submitted to school no later than October 15th of the year the child is first enrolled. The examination must have been completed within one year prior to the child beginning school.  The eye exam form is available on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

    Vision and Hearing Screenings are done annually for all students in pre-school, special education, kindergarten, second and eighth grade as well as for all new-to-district students.  Vision screening also is done for students in fifth grade.  Hearing Screening also is done for students in first and third grades.  Additionally, vision or hearing screenings can be requested by a parent or teacher.