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 can be found in the Parent/Student Handbook as well as on our dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
- Keep your child at home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 [fever (100.4°F or greater), new onset of moderate or severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from unknown causes, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, or muscle or body aches] or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- 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 regarding the global pandemic in relation to the health and safety of our schools and community. 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 continuing updates.
Health care provided in the school health office is to support your child, allowing students to return to their classrooms. 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.
Nurses positively affect student attendance. A registered nurse at school every day allows for prompt and professional responses to health concerns and medical issues. 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, medications, or student health needs to the nurse.
The Health Services staff believes family is an essential part of good health. Your input is valued and welcome. Please feel free to ask questions, share thoughts, and exchange health information. We look forward to partnering with you!