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School Health Program

Social-Emotional and Developmental Screening

Public Act 099-0927, which covers school health examinations and immunizations, has been amended to include the requirement that all school-age children in Illinois have a health examination periodically throughout their school years. A requirement was added to complete age-appropriate social, emotional, and developmental screenings utilizing validated screening tools appropriate to the child’s age or grade. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has developed rules to address this amendment, which have been adopted by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and are now a part of the administrative code.

Certificate of Child Health Examination

Proof of social-emotional and developmental screening will be recorded on the Certificate of Child Health Examination form. The goal is to have the updated form utilized for the 2024-2025 school year. Any child health examination that occurs after January 1, 2025 for the 2025-2026 school year must utilize the updated child health exam form.

Starting on January 1, 2024, the Certificate of Child Health Examination form will include a space for the health care provider to record whether or not a proof of social-emotional and developmental screening was conducted. However, should this part of the form not be filled out, the student should not be removed from school and may enroll in or remain enrolled in school. The form will only indicate whether a screening was conducted and will NOT contain results of the screening.

Validated Social Emotional and Developmental Screening Tools

Additionally, a system to review and to post age-appropriate, validated social-emotional and developmental screening tools for use by qualified school support personnel and health care providers is being developed; a preliminary list is provided below. IDPH will work with the Illinois State Board of Education to identify tools that may be utilized in the school environment. Screening tools will be updated as they are recommended.

As a part of the process to identify additional screening tools, the public is invited to submit a petition to consider a specific tool by emailing DPH.SEL@illinois.gov.

When petitioning IDPH to add a validated screening tool, the petitioner must include:

  • A complete description of the screening tool, including a sample of the tool and evidence of validation, including, but not limited to, a description of those populations, age groups, languages, and ethnicities for which the tools are validated.
  • A list of the type of individuals and their credentials, who are qualified to conduct the screening.
  • A list of the type of individuals and their credentials, who are qualified to interpret the screening.
  • A narrative explanation of how the tool satisfies these requirements set forth in the rule.
  • If the petitioner has a business interest in the tool, a disclosure of such interest.
  • The petitioner's name, address, and phone number and, if the petitioner has a business interest in the tool, complete contact information for the business.
  • Any additional information the petitioner wishes to include.

Minimum Qualifications of Persons Administering Screenings in a School

Persons who may be administering screenings in schools to a child as a result of the screening not being recorded on the Certificate of Child Health Examination form shall minimally be:

  • A licensed clinical social worker
  • A licensed clinical psychologist
  • A licensed physician
  • A licensed APRN
  • A licensed physician assistant

Refer to Section 664.110 of the Administrative Code for these requirements. Please note that separate from what is recorded on the Certificate of Child Health Examination form, many schools in Illinois offer social-emotional, mental health, or behavioral health screenings to students universally or as needed as part of their own policy and procedure. Screenings of this nature offered to students by schools are not governed by IDPH or the Certificate of Child Health Examination form and are not subject to administration by the persons listed above. These in-school screening tools are often self-administered by the student or are administered by parent or school personnel.

Frequency of Screening

Completion of a screening is to be recorded on the Certificate of Child Health Examination form in conjunction with the school physical form within one year prior to entering kindergarten or the first grade of any public, private, or parochial elementary school; upon entering the sixth and ninth grades of any public, private, or parochial school; prior to entrance into any public, private, or parochial preschool; and, irrespective of grade, immediately prior to or upon entrance into any public, private, or parochial school or preschool. Refer to Section 664.120 of the Administrative Code for these requirements.

Proof of Screening

Each child may present proof of having been screened to the local school authority in accordance with Section 27-8.1(2.5) of the School Code before October 15 of the school year in which screening is required to be recorded. A notation of whether or not the social-emotional and developmental screening was completed shall be recorded on the forms IDPH and the Illinois State Board of Education prescribed for statewide use. The required form is the Certificate of Child Health Examination provided by IDPH. Refer to Section 664.130 of the Administrative Code for these requirements.

A child shall not be excluded from school if a health care provider does not complete the social-emotional or developmental screening portion of the Certificate of Child Health Examination form.

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