Minimum Health Requirements 

Physical exams and immunizations must meet specific criteria before your child will be allowed to attend school. Once you've reviewed our minimum health requirements, both you and your child's physician need to complete our minimum health requirements forms available at the bottom of this page.

Note – students who do not meet physical exam and immunization requirements by October 15th of each school year, are subject to exclusion from school.

CPS also strives to decrease health disparities within the District through the coordination of school health programs and services. If you are homeless, or doubled up due to loss of housing, your child should be immediately enrolled in school without the immunization records mentioned in this section. 

Students will not be excluded from school but are encouraged to remain up-to-date with all medical requirements. For assistance, contact your child’s school or call (773) 553-2242 to speak with one of our support staff. Learn more about our Homeless education program.

View the requirements list below for more information. You can also download this information in English ,  Spanish and  Polish.

Dental, vision examination requirements

View our dental and vision exam requirements.

Physical examination requirements

Physical Examination must be completed within one year prior to entry to:

  • Any Chicago Public School for the first time, at any grade level
  • 6th grade and 9th grade (ages 6, 11, 15 for un-graded programs)
  • Preschool and kindergarten (physical exam and lead screening through age 6)

Immunization requirements

Diphtheria, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tetanus (DTaP/Tdap)

  • Four (4) or more doses for preschool, kindergarten, or 1st grade; three (3) or more doses for all other grades
  • The last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday

NEW for the 2013-14 school year - children entering 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades will be required to show proof of receiving one-dose of the Tdap vaccine

Polio Virus (Polio Vaccine)

  • Three (3) or more doses of a polio vaccine before entering school at any grade if inactivated vaccine used, exclusively. Four (4) doses are required at any grade if inactivated and oral polio vaccine are given in combination.
  • The last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after the 4th birthday


  • One (1) dose required for preschool, and two (2) doses required before entering any other grade
  • 1st dose received at 12 months or later
  • 2nd dose of measles vaccine must be administered at least 1 month after 1st dose

Mumps and Rubella

  • One (1) dose of each before entering any grade
  • 1st dose received at 12 months of age or later

Hepatitis B

  • Three (3) doses required before entering any grade (first dose received at birth or later)
  • 2nd dose received at least 1 month after 1st dose
  • 3rd dose received at least 2 months after 2nd dose, and 4 months after 1st dose

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

  • One (1) dose required on or after the first birthday (not required after 11th grade)

Haemophilus Influenzae, Type B (HIB)

  • Two (2) or more doses required for students entering any preschool or pre-kindergarten program (not required for children 5 years of age or older)
  • Only one (1) dose required if first dose administered at or after 15 months of age

Minimum health requirement forms

All necessary documentation is located below for download.

State of Illinois Child Health Examination form: PDF icon English | PDF icon Spanish

State of Illinois Proof of dental examination form PDF icon English | PDF icon Spanish

State of Illinois vision examination form:  English

Physical exam and immunization waivers: PDF icon English

For more information, contact Coordinated School Health at (773) 553-1830.

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Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services
For more information, contact Clinical and Related Services at: 773-553-1912 or 773-553-4589.

Please submit questions about individual student medical information to your school nurse.

If you are seeking a health care provider for your student, please call 311, or go to:

The Chicago Department of Public Health Fast Track Clinics provides affordable immunizations for children ages 0-18. Flu vaccinations are also provided at no charge for adults of all ages and all children over six months. No appointment is necessary; vaccinations are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please visit the following website for details:

Contact information

Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services
125 South Clark Street
8th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-1800
Fax: (773) 553-1801