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Health Matters
There are no two ways about it: When children have healthy habits, they come to school more ready to learn. The flyers, newsletters, and ideas on this Health Matters webpage are provided to our Geneva School District parents as resources to assist in your efforts to raise healthy children. 
 

In The News
New Religious Exemption Requirement
 
September 15, 2015 
 
Illinois Law requires that a Certificate of Religious Exemption form be submitted beginning October 16, 2015 for all children entering kindergarten, sixth or ninth grades when the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) objects to health, dental, or vision examinations or immunizations on religious grounds. This form also must be submitted to request religious exemption for any student enrolling to enter any public, charter, private or parochial preschool, kindergarten, elementary or secondary school on or after October 16, 2015.

The instructions for completing the Certificate of Religious Exemption form and the actual form can be found on our district website here. Completion of the form is the responsibility of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and requires signature of health care provider. 
  
Illinois Now Requires Meningococcal Vaccine
 
March 17, 2015
 
Effective with the 2015-16 school year, the State of Illinois is requiring all 6th and 12th-grade students show proof of receiving the Meningococcal vaccine:

State Requirement
Beginning with the school year 2015-2016, all students entering sixth and twelfth grades will be required to show proof of meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV). All sixth graders will be required to show proof of one dose received on or after 11 years of age. All twelfth graders will need to show proof of receiving two doses unless the first dose was administered after 16 years of age. If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.

Please provide the nurse at your child's school with proof of receiving the immunization prior to the new school year. If your child is exempt from vaccination due to a medical contraindication or religious objection, documentation is required. 
 
One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois
 
January 27, 2015
 
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav Shah today confirmed one case of measles in Illinois. A suburban Cook County resident became ill in mid-January and test results were positive for measles.
 
“This case in Illinois is a reminder of the importance of immunizations,” said Director Shah. “With only 10 cases reported in Illinois over the past five years, many parents may not have experienced the severe illness that can be caused by measles. Immunizations are vital to protect not only each child, but the community as a whole.”  - Excerpt from press release, Cook County Department of Public Health
 
 
 
 
 
Influenza-like Illness in Kane County 
 
With influenza-like illnesses in Kane County on the rise recently, we would like to share these flyers that highlight the importance of getting a flu shot, as well as doing the simple things like cleaning your hands, covering your cough and staying home if you’re sick.
 
 
Ebola in the United States
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)
Nutrition Nuggets
May 2015
In this issue - Get All Wet with Cool Summer Exercises
April 2015
In this issue - Build a Tradition of Eating Together
March 2015
In this issue - Supersize with Fruits and Veggies
February 2015
In this issue - Parenting for Better Nutrition
January 2015
In this issue - Savor Your Food
Sodexo Fresh Pick