School Health


Alesha Kern RN, BSN, CSN-PEL

District Nurse
(309) 723-6531 Ext: 3005
FAX: 309-723-2828

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  • It is still recommended that students get their well child exams and stay up to date on immunizations. Call your doctor now to schedule an appointment, they may be limited due to offices separating ill and well patients.

  • Please contact me for questions regarding health requirements, it is best to email me or use the Remind app.

  • Other school districts you hear pushing back health requirement dates, were 1st day of school exclusion, they had to turn in everything before the first day of school or they could not come to school.

  • They have pushed their dates back to Oct 15th, the state deadline, this is already our deadline. There is no word at this time the state will push this back. 

  • Try to get everything taken care of before school starts. Records can be scanned and emailed to me, faxed to me, or mailed. 

  • If you are choosing virtual learning provided by the district, you are required to complete the same health requirements as in-person.

Complete School Physical including Blood Lead Test
Copy of immunization record
No additional immunization requirement if up-to-date for age.

Complete School Physical and all required immunizations including:
- Two does of MMR Vaccine
- Four doses of Polio Vaccine
- Four doses of DPT/DPTaP Vaccine- Two doses of Varicella Vaccine (chicken pox)
Dental Exam
Eye Exam
Blood Lead Test if not turned in for PreK

No additional physical/immunization requirements if up-to-date.

No additional physical/immunization requirements if up-to-date.
Dental Exam

No additional physical/immunization requirements if up-to-date.

No additional physical/immunization requirements if up-to-date.

No additional physical/immunization requirements if up-to-date.

Complete School Physical and all required immunizations including:
- One dose of Tdap Vaccine
- One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (meningitis) after the 11th birthday
- HPV: this vaccine is optional
Dental Exam

No additional physical/immunization requirements if up-to-date.

No additional physical/immunization requirements if up-to-date.

Complete School Physical
Dental Exam

No additional physical/immunization requirements if up-to-date.

No additional physical/immunization requirements if up-to-date.

Must show proof of receiving two doses of meningococcal vaccine    (meningitis) with the second dose received on or after the 16th  birthday. If the first dose was given after the age of 16, then only one dose is required.

  • See health requirements documents for more specific information.

  • Sports physicals for Jr/Sr High are good for 13 months, a School Physical will cover a student needing a sports physical, does not work the other way though!

  • Please turn in a copy of the eye exam, dental exam, or report for hearing testing any time your student has one done. If your students have had an eye or hearing exam within the last year, and you send me a copy, I will not have to screen them during the annual screening. Can save time and possible headache for you if they should fail screening but are already being followed by a doctor. (May 18th, 2020) updated: 8-3-2020


Vision/Hearing Screenings:  Each fall vision screening will be done, as mandated by the state of Illinois, for the following students:  PreK/ECE, Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 8th grade, all new/transfer students, all special education students, and any students referred by a teacher.  Hearing screening will be done for all PreK/ECE, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, all new/transfer students, all special education students, and any students referred by a teacher.  The screenings will be done free of charge by an IDPH certified technician.  Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye 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 indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months and that evaluation is on file in the student’s health record.  This notice is not for permission to test. 

IDPH V&H notice

Behavioral Assessments:​  Request for behavior/health observations from physicians or outside institutions will be processed by the school nurse.  The request for information will be brought to the school nurse.  A location to send the materials and a deadline must accompany the request.  The school nurse will distribute the forms to the appropriate teachers and collect the forms.  The school nurse will send the forms to the appropriate professional for evaluation. ( An example of these are Vanderbilt assessments for ADHD)

Immunization data is reported to ISBE by November 15th  annually.  If you require this data please make a request directly to ISBE.  105 ILCS 5/27-8.1, amended by P.A. 97-910, eff. 1-1-13.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 My child uses an inhaler.  Can he/she carry it with him at school?  State law permits students to carry their inhaler with them at school, providing that the inhaler has the pharmacy label on it, the school's medication authorization form has been completed by the parent & physician and on file in the school nurse's office, and the inhaler has been checked by the school nurse.  A copy of the Ridgeview "Medication Authorization Form" can be obtained by contacting one of the school offices, the school nurse, or by clicking the link on the left side of this page.

 My child occasionally uses over-the-counter medications for a headache or other minor pain.   Can he/she just keep a bottle of that medication in his/her car, or even just run home for some and return to school if needed?  Medication administration at school will follow the prescription and over-the-counter medication policies.  Refer to those links on the Ridgeview website under “Health.”  Students will not be permitted to go to their cars during the school day for medication or go home for medication and return to school for liability reasons.    

 I'm on my way to the doctor's office/emergency room and I don't have Ridgeview's medication authorization forms with me in case the doctor wants my child to receive medications at school.  What do I do?  Ask the office nurse to go to Ridgeview's website at and click on "Health."  Ridgeview's "School Medication Authorization Form" can be downloaded from there, signed by your physician & a parent, and brought to school with the appropriate medication.

My student's medication at home has been changed since the beginning of the year.  Does the school nurse need that information? Since the effects of medication taken outside of school are experienced at school, it is recommended that parents/guardians notify the school nurse of medications taken both at home & school.  Potential side effects of those medications can also be monitored.