Student Health

By law, all children entering school for the first time and all sixth graders must present evidence of recent physical and dental examinations and of immunizations against certain diseases. Such examination is to be conducted within one year prior to these entry situations. 

Students transferring to Summit Hill School District also must present records, either by transferring them from the former school or by providing new records. 

Students who do not meet compliance requirements by the first day of student attendance of each year will be excluded from school until obligations are satisfied.

Physical, Dental, and Vision/Eye Exams
Illinois law requires that prior to entering kindergarten and sixth grade, and those entering school for the first time and all students transferring from outside of Illinois must present evidence of a completed physical exam and required immunizations. Students will be excluded from school if the physical exam has not been completed or if the required immunizations are not documented.A dental exam also is mandated for students in kindergarten, second, and sixth grade. Completed dental exams are due to your child’s school by May 15th of the school year.

A vision/eye exam is required for all students enrolling in kindergarten and students enrolling in Illinois schools for the first time.

New Immunization Requirement:

Numerous outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) have occurred recently among school children in Illinois. Pertussis is easily transmitted through coughing and sneezing and may cause an illness that persists for weeks to months. In an effort to protect children from complications, and to help prevent this illness, ISBE and IDPH have determined that a booster vaccination (called Tdap) is recommended for all students in grades six through twelve. 

Students entering sixth and ninth grade will be required to provide proof of Tdap vaccination along with the school physical forms that are also required for these grades.

Students in these grades without one of the following will be subject to exclusion:

  1. Proof of Tdap vaccination
  2. An approved medical or religious exemption on file with the school,
  3. An appointment to receive the Tdap shot during the school year.

See the "Frequently Asked Questions about the Tdap Vaccine Requirement” for more information. 


Athletic Eligibility Physical

Students who want to participate in the Athletic Programs Grades 5-8 must complete an Athletics Eligibility Form. All sections, including exam by physician, must be completed and signed in order for a student to tryout or participate in a sport. The exam is valid for one calendar year.

District Wellness Policy

Please note that all schools follow a policy regarding food for snacks and classroom parties. We also include fitness testing in the Physical Education curriculum.

Administration of Medication

Medication can be administered only with a signed physician’s order which is part of the District’s medication form. This policy is inclusive of both prescription and over the counter medications. Medications must be brought to school by the parent/guardian in the original, properly labeled container. Only the nurse or a school administrator can administer medicine to a student.

Vision and Hearing Screening
Screening will be done by District 161 nursing staff and will take place in the fall.

Vision and Hearing screening tests shall be conducted in accordance with the Department’s rules titled Hearing Screening (77Ill. Adm. Code 675) and Vision Screening (77Ill. Adm. Code 685). 

Vision screening shall be provided annually by Summit Hill School District 161 for:
  1. All preschool children 3 years of age or older.
  2. All school age children who are in kindergarten, second and eighth grades; in all special education classes; referred by teachers; and transfer students. 

"Vision Screening is not a substitute for a complete eye exam and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indication that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.” (Section 27-8.1 of the School Code)

Hearing screening shall be provided annually by Summit Hill School District 161 for:
  1. All preschool children three years of age or older. 
  2. All school age children who are in grades K (kindergarten), 1, 2, and 3; are in any special education class; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students.

Screening Dates for 2014-2015 school year:

Arbury Hills School                         September 29, 30, 2014           Rescreen            October 14, 2014

Frankfort Square School               October 2, 2014                          Rescreen            None

Indian Trail School                         October 22, 23, 2014                 Rescreen            November 10, 2014

Walker School                                 November 13, 14, 2014           Rescreen             December 1, 2014

Dr. Julian Rogus School               December 2,4,5,8, 2014          Rescreen            January 8,9,12, 2015

Summit Hill Junior High School   February 11, 12, 2015             Rescreen             February 27, 2015

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