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D181 English Language Learners Board of Education Policy

Illinois State Board of Education Resources for Families of English Learners

WIDA Website: WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.

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Health Services

Administration of Medication

Administering medication to students remains the responsibility of parents and should, if at all possible, be given at home. Any pupil required to take medication during the regular school day must comply with the following:

  • All medications must have written orders from a physician detailing the name of the drug, dosage, and time interval. These orders must be renewed annually.
  • The parent / guardian must complete the school district’s form requesting that the school comply with the physician’s orders.
  • Medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or the physician.

Concussion Policy

The Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act supports the health and safety of all students. Preventing concussions as well as supporting students recovering from concussions is an integral part of this new law. Supporting a student recovering from a concussion requires a collaborative approach among school professionals, health care providers and parents. This approach includes return to learn and return to play protocols. Please access the Resources tab for details on District 181's Concussion Policy.

CPR Training

In August 2013, Public Act 098-0305 took effect. This act requires the IHSA to be given a CPR training video to post on its website so that staff at IHSA members schools can watch it. The act also indicates school districts shall notify parents and encourage them to view the video, too.

The following is a video of the act on the General Assembly’s website.

Health Records

Physical Exam & Immunization

Illinois State Law requires each public school student to present proof of physical examination and immunization on entering school in kindergarten or 1st grade, transferring to a new school, and in 6th grade. The Department of Public Health requires evidence of immunity against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles (rubeola), rubella (German or three-day measles), mumps, chicken pox, and hepatitis B.

Community Consolidated School District 181 will exclude children on the first day of school until such time as proof of physical examinations and immunizations are presented. If there are objections on religious grounds, a signed statement detailing the grounds for objections is required. If the physical condition of a child precludes immunizations on medical grounds, the examining physician must indicate the reasons.

Dental Exam

Illinois State Law requires each public student to present proof of dental exam by May 15 of each school year, at the kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grade levels.

Vision Exam

Illinois State Law requires eye exams within one year prior to entering kindergarten starting in the fall and for students entering a school in Illinois for the first time. Proof of the required vision examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist must be submitted by October 15 of each school year.

Physical Exams, Interscholastic Athletics

The Illinois State Board of Education requires all students who participate in interscholastic athletics to have an annual physical examination. The proper form must be completed and returned prior to the first day of the activity.

Vaccination Requirement

All STUDENTS entering 6th grade in school year 2015-2016 are required to receive the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine, MCV4, MPSV4 or other variants.

Sixth grade students must receive 1 dose of MCV4 at 10 years of age or older for entry into 6th grade. Evidence of receiving 1 dose of MCV4 should be documented on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination form with all other immunizations mandated for 6th grade entry.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

School Screening

School health personnel perform vision and hearing screening of students. The parents of a child may request a screening at any time. Vision screening will be done, as mandated, for preschool, kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 8th grade students; special education students; teacher referrals; and new students. Hearing screening will be done, as mandated, for preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students; special education students; teacher referrals; and new students.

Screenings & Required Exams

Vision and hearing screenings are not substitutes for a complete eye and ear examination by an appropriate doctor. Your child will not be required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months and that an evaluation is on file at the school.

Your child will not be required to undergo this hearing screening if an audiologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months and that evaluation is on file at the school. This notice is not a permission to test and is not required to be returned.

Vision and hearing screening is not an option. If a vision or hearing examination report is not on file at the school for your child, your child in the mandated age, grade, or group will be screened.

Important Message: Measles Outbreak Control

The Illinois Control of Communicable Disease Code, Section 690.520, states that upon the onset of a measles case by a single student or staff member, students who have not presented proof of immunity or vaccination for measles shall be excluded until acceptable proof of immunity is received by the school or for 21 days after the onset of the last reported measles case in the school. Acceptable proof of immunity shall consist of:

  • A written record from the student's physician or a health professional that indicates dates of vaccination and type of vaccine administered; or
  • A statement from a physician indicating the date when the student had measles; or
  • A laboratory report indicating that the student has a protective measles antibody titer as measured by a test with demonstrable reliability.

District 181 school health requirements are in compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the School Code of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Homeless Information

Response to Intervention (RtI)

Response to Intervention (RtI) Overview

Florida Center for Reading Research: This site lists age specific strategies parents can use in their home to help progress their child’s reading abilities. The website has a link to interventions for struggling readers, as well as information on RtI.

Intervention Central: This link has extensive resources surrounding research-supported interventions for academic and behavioral services.

What Works Clearinghouse: This site houses empirically supported interventions and teaching strategies that range from early childhood education to adolescent literacy and math services.

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