August 3, 2011
In conjunction with their back to school push to make sure that students are in the classroom on the first day, Chicago Public Schools officials are also reminding families to make sure that their children are up to date with their health exams and immunizations as they prepare for the upcoming school year.
Children who are entering the CPS system for the first time or advancing to certain grade levels must provide proof of required immunizations and health exams before October 15th of this year or they could face exclusion from school.
“We recognize the relationship between academic achievement and activities which both promote good health and simultaneously prevent childhood diseases,” said CPS Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard. “Students’ health directly affects their attendance and, ultimately, their performance in the classroom.”
The District’s Track E schools begin their year this upcoming Monday, August 8th. Some 247 schools are on the Track E calendar this year. Regular Track schools begin their school year September 6 th, the day after Labor Day.
Specific health and immunization requirements for CPS students at various grade levels or entry points into the District include:
- Physical, vision and dental exams
- Immunizations for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus; polio; measles, mumps and rubella; hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox) and haemophilus influenzae (type B)
CPS representatives will be at a number of upcoming community events, such as the Bronzeville Family Festival on August 6th and the Bud Billiken Day parade on August 13th, handing out fliers reminding families of student health requirements.
A number of community-based clinics are scheduled in August at which the Chicago Department of Public Health will be providing immunization services:
- August 6th, 10 a.m-2 p.m., at Whitney Young Magnet High School, 211 S. Laflin
- August 11th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., ASPIRA Haugen School, 3729 W. Leland
- August 20th, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel
- August 27th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Columbia Explorers School, 4520 S. Kedzie
- August 27th, noon-4 p.m., at Garfield Park School, 3250 W. Monroe
Families with questions about back-to-school vaccinations should check with their health care provider or call 311 to find the closest CDPH fast-track immunization clinic. These clinics provide free immunizations for children under 18 years of age. Please make sure to bring immunization records to every visit.
Earlier this summer, CPS staffers attended Freshman Connection programs at a number of high schools to raise awareness of and encourage compliance with the District’s health requirements.
Additional information is available on the District’s Back to School website, or by calling the Back to School hotline, (773) 553-3277.
Chicago Public Schools serves 409,279 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.