About Health Services
School Health Services believes student education and growth are related to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Having access to nursing care positively impacts student attendance. A registered nurse at school every day allows for prompt and professional responses to health concerns and medical issues. Healthcare provided in the school health office supports students and allowing them to return to their classrooms resulting in increased access to education. District 15 School Health Services team includes at least one registered nurse in every school and two certified school nurses (CSN).
The nurse is available to work in collaboration with your child's primary healthcare provider. If you require assistance in obtaining a primary healthcare provider, please reach out to the health office for a list of community resources.
In the event of illness or accidents, the nurse provides emergency care.
Responsibilities of the nurse include first aid and illness care, the maintenance of student health records, the development of healthcare plans, and screenings for student vision and hearing needs. Parents/guardians are encouraged to bring questions about immunizations, health exams, medication, or student health needs to the nurse.
Due to the current global pandemic, students, staff and community members who interact with our schools, will follow updated procedures and restrictions to provide for the safety of all. Changes due to COVID-19 have been included in the Parent-Student Handbook as well as on our COVID - Return to Learn site https://www.ccsd15.net/returntolearn.
- Keep your child at home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. COVID-19 symptoms are identified as fever (100.4° or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches.
- For the health and safety of our community, please notify your child’s school health office if your child or a member of your household is diagnosed with COVID-19. When you call school to report your child’s absence, please report any COVID-19 symptoms. We are happy to partner with you in providing resources to assist you through this time.
The District 15 Health Services Department is in routine communication with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Schools Guidance | IDPH regarding the global pandemic in relation to the health and safety of our schools and community. The Board of Education Policy 4:180 Pandemic Preparedness, Management and Recovery guides the development of protocol and practices as we review ongoing, updated guidance from the CDC and IDPH. We follow state and federal guidelines and recommendations related to our schools and will update our practices accordingly. Please refer to the district website for updates.
Health services provided at school include the following:
- Allergy & Asthma Awareness
- Care of Illness & Injury
- Communicable Disease Management
- Health & Wellness
- Wellness Policy
- Student Birthdays
- Snacks Within the School Day
- Nutrition & Fitness Initiatives
- Individualized Health Planning
- Health Information Survey
- Vision & Hearing Screenings
- Medication Administration & Policy
- Required Health Exams and Immunization Recording
The Health Services staff believes family is an essential part of good health. Your input is welcome and valued. Please stop by to voice concerns, ask questions, share thoughts, and exchange health information.