School Health Requirements

Students must meet various health requirements according to Kentucky state regulations and Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) policy.

Important Updates Regarding Immunization Requirements

In addition to previous requirements for the 2018-19 school year, all JCPS students will be required to have proof of two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine. Parents are advised to:

  1. Contact their child's health-care provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to their child or make an appointment to begin the series.
  2. Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from the provider.
  3. Turn in a copy of the current immunization certificate to their child's school.

All students ages 16 years or older are also required to show proof of having two doses of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. Parents are advised to:

  1. Contact their child's health-care provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to their child or make an appointment to begin the series*.
  2. Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from their provider.
  3. Turn in a copy of the current immunization certificate to their child's school.

*If a child has not previously had a dose of the Meningococcal vaccine and is 16 years or older, only one dose is required.

Immunizations

Every JCPS student must have a current Kentucky State Immunization Certificate on file within two weeks after starting school. Students who enroll in Head Start or State-Funded Pre-K Programs must have a current Kentucky State Immunization Certificate on file prior to attending a JCPS school or riding on a JCPS bus, and students will not be placed without these forms.

Immunization Schedules

Immunization Forms

Physical Exams

Students need proof of a physical exam completed on a Kentucky Preventative Exam Form:

  • For placement in a Head Start/Early Head Start Program. (Students must have a yearly physical exam.)
  • For kindergarten—if the student has not attended an Early Childhood Program.
  • For sixth grade.

This exam is not the same as a sports physical.

The exam form must be on file within two months after the student starts attending a JCPS school.

Eye Exams

Students ages 3, 4, 5, or 6 years old entering JCPS for the first time must have an eye exam completed by January 1 of the year the student is enrolled. This is a one-time-only requirement.

This exam must be completed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist and is not part of the physical exam.

Proof of the exam must be submitted on the Kentucky Vision Examination Form.

Dental Exams

Students ages 5 or 6 years old entering JCPS for the first time must have a dental exam completed by January 1 of the year the student is enrolled. This is a one-time-only requirement.

Proof of the exam must be on the Kentucky Dental Screening/Examination Form.

Head Start/Early Head Start students must have a yearly dental exam performed by a dentist.

Screening Programs

During the school year, elementary school students participate in vision and hearing screenings. Middle school students who have parent consent are screened for scoliosis. Parents who don't want their child to participate in screenings should notify the school in writing and be prepared to present evidence of screening by their personal health-care provider.

State-funded preschools also provide health screenings, including growth assessment, vision and hearing screening, and assessments of current immunization status and general health.