School nurses and full time health aides are assigned to each building. They assist in developing school health programs, obtain health histories, maintain student health records, administer doctor-prescribed medications, develop health care plans, participate in the special education eligibility process, provide first aid, and monitor hearing and vision screenings.
Each school has a full time health aide from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. each school day. The phone extension is 202. The health aide is trained in first aid and CPR and does not diagnose or give treatment for anything but first aid needs. Certified school nurses supervise the health aides and usually travel to more than one school. Students needing a medical diagnosis or treatment should be taken to the family doctor. Injuries that occur at home or outside of school will NOT be treated at school. If your child appears to be ill before school, please consider keeping him or her home. Children with a temperature above 99.9 degrees, an undiagnosed rash or whohave vomited within 24 hours should not come to school.
District policy states that students are not allowed to take medication without doctor consent during school hours. However, medication needed on a long-term or ongoing basis may be taken by the student with supervision by authorized school personnel according to the District Medication Permission Form signed by the physician and the parent. The medication must be brought to school in the pharmaceutical container, clearly marked with the student's name, the name of the medication and pertinent instructions. The medication will be held in the health office for the student, where he/she needs to take it.
Inhalers for asthma and Epi-pens for severe allergic reactions may be carried by the student if a self-carry medication form has been completed by the physician and parent and also signed by the student.
Medications taken on a short-term basis (i.e. antibiotics) should be administered at home by a parent as much as possible. Do NOT send cough drops, Advil, Tylenol or antacids with your student.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXCUSES
If a student is physically unable to participate in P.E., he/she is to bring a note, explaining the nature of his/her illness. Extended absences (more than 3 days) from P.E. will need a doctor's note. P.E. is an important part of the curriculum and should not be missed for minor illness, such as colds, that are not serious enough to keep a child out of school.
If a child is excused from P.E., he/she will not be allowed to participate in recess, but may be allowed to go outside for fresh air.
Throughout the course of the school year various screenings occur. Vision and hearing screening is conducted in each school for grades mandated by the State of Illinois. This is only a screening and does NOT determine your child's need for glasses, hearing aids or other treatment. Parents whose children have failed two screenings on different dates will be notified in writing. It is the parents' responsibility to follow up with a health care provider.
Students' heights and weights may be measured in the fall and spring of the school year. This is done in a confidential manner and the results will be included in the final report card.
Parents have the responsibility to notify the school in writing if they do NOT wish their children to participate in these screenings.
Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any school employee from providing emergency assistance to students, including administering medication.