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Student Health Requirements
Because CHA is recognized school by the State of Illinois, all state health requirements must be met, including the State of Illinois Student Immunization Requirements. Students not in compliance with health requirements will be excluded and report cards will be withheld until the necessary forms are completed and turned in (ILCS 27-8.1).
To be in compliance, all required student health forms must be completed, signed, and received by the school on or before the first day of school. If your student has a religious exemption on file for one or more immunizations, your physician will need to sign a new Illinois Religious Exemption Form for Immunizations for the following grades: Kindergarten, 6, and 9. Any new student, regardless of grade level, must provide updated Religious Exemption documentation.
Health form requirements vary by grade. New students also have certain requirements. Please click the corresponding button for a listing of the health forms you will need to provide for your student before the new school year begins.
Note for Student Athletes in Grades 6-12: As an approved school of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs the equitable participation in interscholastic athletics and activities, all students participating in athletics must abide by their health requirements. Please be aware that the required health forms for sports participation expires after 395 days. If your forms expire, your child cannot play or practice until new forms is on file.
Click below to see health
requirements for these groups.
New documents are not required for returning students in Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, or 11 who have complete health records on file and do not have special medical conditions.
If your child needs prescription medication at school, he or she must have a Medication Authorization Form on file. Over-the-counter or prescription medications will be administered by our health services personnel as prescribed. Medication must be brought to school in original container by an adult, and prescription medications must have the pharmacy label on them.
If you would like Health Services to have the ability to give your student a stocked over-the counter medicine (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, or Zyrtec), we require an OTC (Over-the-Counter) Medication Form.
With consideration for individuals that may have a nut allergy, CHA is a “nut-aware” school. This means that we, as a school community, strive to minimize the risks by following our Nut-Aware Guidelines. All students and families are asked to comply throughout the school year.
Please note that no homemade food items may be brought for classroom/school events. Here is a helpful Food List for a Nut-Aware Environment.
For the 2022-23 school year COVID protocol, see this document.
General Illness Protocol
Along with the crisp autumn and cold winter weather can come unwanted symptoms of illness. If your student has any of the following symptoms, a COVID test (home antigen, rapid, NAAT or PCR) with results emailed to the nurse OR Doctor’s note with diagnosis emailed to the nurse OR 5 days of isolation is required before they can come to school per CHA’s Sickness Protocol. Individuals also need to be fever-free without fever-reducing medication, vomit-free and diarrhea-free for 24 hours.
The symptoms are:
- sore throat
- new cough
- new onset of moderate to severe persistent headache
- shortness of breath
- fever of 100.4 or greater
- new loss of taste or smell
Home COVID testing for symptoms such as a cough or sore throat will allow your student to remain in school and prevent disruption for parents, students and teachers when the student would otherwise need to be picked up from school for testing.
The following students are required by the State of Illinois to submit health forms before the first day of school:
- All New Students (PK-12)
- Current students entering Kindergarten or Grade 2, 6, 9, or 12
- Any students participating in MS/US Athletic programs
- Any students with special medical conditions
If your child is in one of these student groups, please click the corresponding button near the top of this page for a list of required health forms.
Click below to access required and optional health forms as needed:
- Asthma Action Plan (as needed, resubmitted annually)
- Dental Exam Form
- Diabetic Medical Management Plan – DMMP (as needed, resubmitted annually)
- Emergency Allergy Action Plan & Treatment Authorization (as needed, resubmitted annually)
- Eye Exam Form
- IHSA Pre-Participation Physical Exam form (as needed, resubmitted annually)
- IHSA Sports Medicine Acknowledgement & Consent form (as needed, resubmitted annually)
- Illinois Religious Exemption Form for Immunizations (optional, resubmitted in Kindergarten, Grade 6, and Grade 9)
- Illinois State Physical Exam Certificate (required for all new students; students in Kindergarten, Grade 6, and Grade 9; and student athletes in 6-12)
- Individual Health Care Plan (as needed, once per enrollment unless there is a change in medical condition)
- Inhaler/Epi-Pen Self-Administration Permission (as needed, resubmitted annually)
- Medication Authorization Form (as needed)
- OTC (Over-the-Counter) Medication Form (optional and recommended, good for 5 years)
- Return to School Form (as needed)
- Seizure Plan (as needed, resubmitted annually)
- Severe Allergy or Medical Concern History Form (as needed, once per enrollment unless there is a change in medical condition)