Students must meet various health requirements according to Kentucky state regulations and Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) policy.
Families are encouraged to have a regular medical provider for their children. If you do not have health insurance for your child and need help to see if they are eligible for Medicaid or the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP), please contact the nurse or Family Resource and Youth Services Center (FRYSC) coordinator for your school. If your child is eligible for free/reduced-price lunch at school, they may be eligible for Medicaid or KCHIP.
For those without health insurance, or no regular healthcare provider, arrangements can be made for these services to be provided at school by JCPS nurse practitioners and school nurses. Please contact the nurse at school or the Health Services Office for scheduling. Staff are not able to do the eye examination, but vouchers are available for those families who qualify.
All school health services are essential to support student success. Please be sure to return a completed school nurse office consent each year so that your child(ren) can be seen and cared for. Parents are notified before any regular health screening is completed.
Important Updates Regarding Immunization Requirements
Every JCPS student must have a current Kentucky State Immunization Certificate on file within two weeks after starting school. Students who enroll in 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 in an Early Childhood Program without these forms.
- Kentucky Immunization Certificate
- Medical Exemption Certificate
- Religious Exemption Certificate
- Certificado de exención religiosa
Students need proof of a physical exam completed on a Kentucky Preventative Exam Form:
- For placement in an Early Childhood Program. (Students must have a yearly physical exam.)
- For kindergarten—if the student did not have one for Early Childhood within the last year.
- For sixth grade—students must have a physical exam within a year of starting sixth grade.
The exam form must be on file within two months after the student starts attending a JCPS school.
Athletic (Sports) Physicals
- A Sports Physical is required annually to participate in sports and is valid for one calendar year.
- KHSAA Required Forms - High School - English
- KHSAA Required Forms - High School - Spanish
- KHSAA Required Forms - Middle School - English
- KHSAA Required Forms - Middle School - Spanish
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 Screening or Exam
Students ages 5 or 6 years old entering JCPS for the first time must have a dental screening or exam completed by January 1 of the year the student is enrolled. This is a one-time-only requirement. This screening can be completed by a dentist. If you do not have dental health insurance or a regular dental provider, please contact the nurse at your school. This exam can be completed by a Registered Nurse, and arrangements can be made to have it done at school.
Proof of the exam must be on the Kentucky Dental Screening/Examination Form.
During the school year, elementary school students participate in vision and hearing screenings. Health is very important to ensure your child(ren) are at their best for learning. Vision and Hearing screenings are critical to support academic success. Please be sure to return the school nurse office consent so that your child(ren) can participate in these screenings.
State-funded preschools also provide health screenings, including growth assessment, vision and hearing screening, and assessments of current immunization status and general health.