5141.3 Regulation

 Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of
Belleville

Regulation 5141.3

STUDENTS

Physical Exams/Immunizations

All students attending a Catholic school in the Diocese of Belleville are required to be in compliance with the law of the State of Illinois with respect to health examinations and immunizations, including but not limited to the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1 (or any successor provisions), and regulations promulgated thereunder, including but not limited to the Department of Public Health’s Child and Student Health Examination and Immunization Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code Part 665 and 695) (or any successor provisions), as well as the Communicable Disease Prevention Act (410 ILCS 315/0.01 et seq.) (or any successor provisions) and regulations promulgated thereunder, including but not limited to the Department of Public Health’s Control of Communicable Diseases Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code Part 690) (or any successor provisions).

 

Medical Objections:

 

If the parent or legal guardian of a student who attends a school in the Diocese of Belleville refuses to vaccinate a student and claims a medical exemption for doing so, the school shall follow these procedures:

 

  1. The school shall determine whether a valid medical objection has been made;
  2. If a valid medical objection has not been made, the school shall within a reasonable time inform the parent or legal guardian that the student may not be present at the school until either (a) a valid medical objection is made; or (b) the student is vaccinated in accordance with applicable Illinois law;
  3. If a valid medical objection has been made, the school shall inform the parent or guardian of the Diocese of Belleville’s Office of Education Exclusion Procedures, and shall attach the documentation of the medical objection to the student’s health record and place the record in the student’s permanent record.

 

In determining whether a valid medical objection has been made, the school shall comply with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Child and Student Health Examination and Immunization Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code Part 665 and 695 (or any successor provisions).  The school shall assess the requirements of a valid medical objection, including but not limited to:

 

  1. The objection must be made by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or an advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for the performance of the student’s health examination;
  2. The objection must indicate the medical condition of the student which makes administration of one or more of the required immunizing agents medically contraindicated;
  3. The physician or advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for the performance of the student’s health examination must sign the student’s health examination form indicating the medical objection.

 

These procedures for determining the validity of a medical objection are subject to change without notice, including (but not limited to) upon the occurrence of a change in Illinois law regarding the same.

 

Religious Objections:

 

If the parent or legal guardian of a student who attends a school in the Diocese of Belleville refuses to vaccinate a student and claims a religious objection for doing so, the school shall follow these procedures:

  1. The school shall determine whether a valid religious objection has been made;
  2. If a valid religious objection has notbeen made, the school shall within a reasonable time inform the parent or legal guardian that the student may not be present at the school until either (a) a valid religious objection is made; or (b) the student is vaccinated in accordance with applicable Illinois law;
  3. If a valid religious objection has been made, the school shall inform the parent or guardian of the Diocese of Belleville’s Office of Education Exclusion Procedures, and shall attach the documentation of the religious objection to the student’s health record and place the record in the student’s permanent record.

In determining whether a valid religious objection has been made, the school shall comply with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Child and Student Health Examination and Immunization Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code Part 665 and 695 (or any successor provisions).  The school shall assess the requirements of a valid religious objection, including but not limited to the requirement that the parent or legal guardian must present to the school a Certificate of Religious Exemption, in a format consistent with that promulgated from time to time by the Illinois Department of Public Health, setting forth the specific religious belief that conflicts with the examination, test, immunization or other medical intervention that is the subject of the parent or legal guardian’s objection.  The Certificate of Religious Exemption must be signed by the health care provider responsible for the performance of the student’s health examination and stated that the health care provider provided the parent or legal guardian of the student with information regarding (1) the required examinations, (2) the benefits of immunizations, and (3) the health risks to the community from the communicable diseases for which immunization is required in Illinois.

These procedures for determining the validity of a religious objection are subject to change at any time without notice, including (but not limited to) upon the occurrence of a change in Illinois law regarding the same.

 

Exclusion Procedures:

All Catholic schools and child care facilities in the Diocese of Belleville shall maintain an accurate list of all students who have not presented proof of immunity against any or all diseased for which immunization is required under Illinois law.

The following Exclusion Procedures apply when the parent of a student who attends a school in the Diocese of Belleville has claimed a valid medical or religious objection to vaccinating the student in accordance with applicable Illinois law:

Upon the occurrence of a case or suspected case of one or more communicable diseases, from which a student has not been vaccinated pursuant to a medical or religious objection, at the school where the student attends, the school may exclude a student who has not been vaccinated against the communicable disease(s) from entering the school’s premises for a reasonable period of time in accordance with applicable Illinois law, including but not limited to the Control of Communicable Diseases Code, 77 Ill. Adm. Code, Part 690, to ensure the safety of the student as well as other individuals.

If a student who has claimed a valid medical or religious objection to one or more vaccinations becomes a case or suspected case having a communicable disease, the school may exclude the student from entering the school’s premises for a reasonable period of time in accordance with applicable Illinois law, including but not limited to the Control of Communicable Diseases Code, 77 Ill. Admin. Code, Part 690, to ensure the safety of the student as well as other individuals.

These Exclusion Procedures are subject to change at any time without notice, including (but not limited to) upon the occurrence of a change in Illinois law regarding the same.

Approved:      January 27, 1993

Revised:          May 16, 2017


The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville

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