Directed toward a goal of good health and based on the belief that health and learning are connected, student health services are provided within the district schools. The health services staff consists of a Health Services Coordinator and registered nurses at every school. Services that are provided include the following:
Care of Illness and Injury
Students with any of the following symptoms cannot be at school and will be sent home:
- a fever of 100 or greater
- undiagnosed rash
- communicable diseases such as chicken pox, measles, etc.
- pink eye (conjunctivitis)
Ill or injured students who are sent home will only be released to the parent/guardian or emergency contact provided by the parent/guardian. Before returning to school after an illness, a child must have completed 24 hours of antibiotics or be 24-hour free of:
In the event of a public health crisis, the district will adopt the recommendations of public health officials.
In the event of a serious or life-threatening injury or illness, EMS services/911 will be called.
Medication and Health Care Treatment Administration
The administration of medication to a student at school is discouraged unless it is absolutely necessary for the student's academic participation. The Board Policy, in accordance with the Illinois State Board of
Education recommended guidelines, is as follows:
All medication (including over-the-counter) requiring administration at school must:
- have a Medication/Health Care Treatment Administration Form containing the Parental Authorization and Physician Order.
- be prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.
- be in the original container and have an appropriate label.
- be administered under the supervision of the registered nurse.
- be renewed annually if long-term administration is required.
- be stored in the health office, with the exception of some asthma medications and epinephrine. (Students may carry these medications within the school properties, if consent forms are on file.)
Health Records Maintenance
Health Examination and Immunization
Illinois health requirements consist of health examinations, immunizations, dental examinations, eye examinations and proof of immunizations specific to grade and age.
Communicable Diseases Management
Control of communicable diseases is managed within the district in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health mandates. Students who exhibit symptoms of communicable disease are excluded from school until a physician indicates they can safely return.
Vision and Hearing Screenings
Screenings for vision and hearing deficits are provided in accordance with the Illinois Department of Health and District guidelines. Vision and hearing screenings are required before starting case studies to rule out deficits impacting learning.
Health services staff maintain a list of students with allergies with the recommended actions for treatment of an allergic reaction. Health services staff notify school staff of students requiring epinephrine administration (Epi-pen®) for severe allergic reactions. (911 is called following the use of epinephrine/ Epi-pen®.)
Individualized Health Planning
Health data is collected for initial case studies and updated as needed for re-evals.
Health Information Survey
A parent/guardian completes this survey for students in Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades or new to the school.
Confidentiality of student health records is always maintained in accordance to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Debbie Vojack, RN, email@example.com, 847-963-3402
Menchu Beladi, RN, firstname.lastname@example.org, 847-963-3449