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Student Health And Safety InformationInformación de Salud y Seguridad del Estudiante

Each of District 59’s schools has either a Registered Nurse (RN) or a certified School Nurse (CSN). Nurses are licensed through the professional regulation division of the State of Illinois. There is also a Health Coordinator to provide guidance to the health service staff.


Health Examinations and Immunizations

Parent(s)/guardian(s) of students shall present proof of a health examination by a licensed physician conducted within one year of the student:

1. Entering kindergarten or the first grade;
2. Entering the sixth grade; and
3. Enrolling in an Illinois school, regardless of the student’s grade (including early childhood, special education, and students transferring into Illinois from out-of-state or out-of-county).

At the same time, parent(s)/guardian(s) shall also present proof of such students having received the immunizations against the following:

  • diphtheria
  • pertussis
  • tetanus
  • poliomyelitis
  • measles
  • meningococcal
  • mumps
  • chickenpox (varicella)
  • rubella
  • screenings for preventable communicable diseases, as required by the Department of Public Health rules.

Please also note the following:

  • Any child 24 to 59 months of age who have not received the primary series of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, according to the recommended vaccination schedule, shall show proof of receiving one dose of the pneumococcal vaccine.
  • Any child entering kindergarten and sixth grade shall show proof of receiving two doses of varicella vaccine. Children who are able to show proof of having had the chickenpox disease need not receive the chickenpox immunization.
  • Children entering school at any grade level (kindergarten through eighth) shall show proof of having received two doses of rubella and mumps vaccine.
  • Children entering school for the first time or upon entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade must have received at least the first shot in the three-shot series of Hepatitis immunizations. A doctor’s note stating when they are to receive the second and third shots must also be provided to the school Health Office. Students who have not received the first shot may be excluded from school.
  • Any child entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade shall show proof of receiving one dose of Tdap (defined as tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose.
  • Any child entering the sixth grade shall show proof of having received one dose of meningococcal vaccine on or after the 10th birthday.

The required health examinations must be performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician authorizing the advanced practice nurse to perform health examinations, or a physician assistant who has been delegated the performance of health examinations by a supervising physician.

The District is required by the State Board of Education to use a standard form furnished by the state to record and verify the physical examination and immunization data. This form, entitled “Certificate of Child Health Examination” is available HERE and is also available at the school office. No other form will be accepted from your family doctor. Your child’s certificate must indicate the month, day, and year of the immunizations and be signed by the examining physician, an advanced practical nurse, or a physician’s assistant.

The required form must be returned to the school office on or before October 15 or the student may no longer attend classes until proof of the vaccinations or required health examination is properly submitted. A student may attend classes after October 15 only if he or she has proof that an appointment for the required vaccinations is scheduled. If the required proof of vaccinations is not submitted within 30 days after the student is permitted to attend classes, the student may no longer attend classes until proof of the vaccinations is properly submitted.  Students transferring to the District mid-year are given a 30-day period to comply. Exceptions to these time lines may be made for homeless students.

If the physical condition of your child is such that any one or more of the immunizing agents should not be administered, the examining physician responsible for the performance of the health examination shall endorse that fact upon the health examination form.

Exceptions to the health examination and immunization requirements will be made in response to valid religious objections. However, properly documented evidence, which meets the requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s regulations, must be submitted to the District Health Coordinator in order to give credence to the exception.

On August 3, 2015, Public Act 099-0249 was enacted that changes the process for parents or legal guardians seeking a religious exemption to any required immunizations or examinations for their children. The new law requires that parents or legal guardians who object on religious grounds to complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption Form, which must also be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for performing the student examination. The healthcare provider signature on this new form attests to informing the parent or legal guardian of the benefits of immunization and the health risks of not vaccinating the student. The certificate also requires the parent or guardian signature to attest to understanding that their child may be excluded from school in the case of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or exposure, Use of the Certificate of Religious Exemption form is required beginning October 16, 2015 for all students entering kindergarten, sixth or ninth grades when the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is requesting a religious exemption. The Certificate of Exemption Form is available HERE.



Dental Examinations

By May 15th of the current school year, all students in grades kindergarten, second, and sixth grade must provide proof of dental examination by a licensed dentist, in accordance with state law. This examination must have taken place within 18 months prior to May 15th of the school year. The District is required by the State Board of Education to use a standard form furnished by the state to record and verify the dental examination. This form is entitled “Dental Examination Record” and is available HERE and at the school office. No other form will be accepted from your family dentist. Your child’s dental examination form must indicate the month, day, and year the examination was conducted and be signed by the dentist. Pursuant to Illinois law, the District must provide parents/guardians notice of the dental examination requirement no later than 60 days before the May 15th compliance date.

If a child in second or sixth grade fails to present proof of a dental examination by May 15th, the school may hold the child’s report card until the parent/guardian presents proof of a completed dental examination or, the parent/guardian presents proof that a dental examination will take place within 60 days after May 15th. Children for whom the requirement of a dental examination causes an undue burden or who have a lack of access to a dentist may have the requirement waived in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.



HPV Information

The District is required by the Illinois State Board of Education to notify all female students who are entering the sixth grade and their parents on the link between Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer and the availability of the HPV vaccine. This requirement is in accordance with state law. Please contact your child’s healthcare provider for further information about the HPV vaccine.



Health Guidelines for Parents

If your child has contracted a communicable disease such as chickenpox, strep throat, measles, mumps or fifth disease, please notify the school health office. Letters may be sent home to the parents/guardians of their classmates to notify and inform them of the signs/symptoms of the communicable disease, in accordance with state and federal privacy laws. If your child needs to be excused from recess or physical education for more than one (1) day, written permission from your physician is required. If your child is medically excused from gym or recess by a physician, your child is not eligible to participate in any extracurricular sports or activities until medically cleared to do so by a physician.  When a child returns after a significant illness or injury (fracture or sprain), the doctor should provide a note indicating when a child may resume normal physical activities, if applicable and that the child is medically cleared to attend school.

You must keep your child home and call your physician when one or more of the following symptoms persist:

▪ Fever of 100.0 or over, taken in the morning before school – child must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of medication) before returning to school.
▪ Nausea or vomiting
▪ Skin rash or sores
▪ Inflamed, swollen or reddened eyes
▪ Excessive coughing or sneezing
▪ Diarrhea
▪ Sore throat
▪ Headache/earache

Your child must be free from the above illnesses for 24 hours before returning to school, or you may provide a doctor note indicating that the child is medically cleared to attend school.



Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

The District has developed and implemented a program to manage concussions and head injuries suffered by student athletes. Based upon information from the Illinois High School Association:

● A student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion in a practice or game shall be removed from participation or competition at that time.

● A student athlete who has been removed from an interscholastic contest for a possible concussion or head injury may not return to that contest unless cleared to do so by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer. The expense of the doctor or trainer’s exam shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the student.

● If not cleared to return to that contest, a student athlete may not return to play or practice until that student athlete has provided his or her school with written clearance from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified trainer. The expense of the doctor or trainer’s exam shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the student.

In addition, student athletes and their parents/guardians will be informed about this policy in the Interscholastic Agreement Form (H115) that a student athlete and his or her parent/guardian must sign before the student is allowed to participate in a practice or interscholastic competition.

The District will provide coaches, student athletes, and their parents/guardians with educational materials from IHSA regarding the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries including the risks inherent in continuing to play after a concussion or head injury.
The Superintendent or designee will require staff members to notify the parent/guardian of a student who exhibits symptoms consistent with that of a concussion.



Accidents at School

Children should report all accidents occurring on the playground or on the way to or from school to a teacher or the school office.

Minor first aid treatment is provided at school. If an injury is more serious, the school will notify the parents/guardians.

Occasionally, an injury occurs at school that requires that a child receive immediate medical attention. Each year parents will be asked to update and sign an emergency form to be kept on file in the school office. Parents should notify the school in writing of any information changes that pertain to this emergency form (such as a change in the telephone number where they can be reached during the school day). In an emergency, the school will make every effort to contact parents/guardians, but if they cannot be reached, emergency responders will be summoned by school staff.



Illness at School

If a student becomes ill at school and needs to go home, the school nurse will attempt to notify the parents/guardians or their designated emergency contacts at the numbers listed on the emergency form. Parents should have a plan in place so that the child can be picked up as soon as possible.



Home/Hospital Services

A student who is absent from school, or whose physician anticipates that the student will be absent from school, because of a medical condition may be eligible for instruction in the student’s home or hospital. Eligibility shall be determined by State law and the Illinois State Board of Education rules governing (1) the continuum of placement options for students who have been identified for special education services or (2) the home and hospital instruction provisions for students who have not been identified for special education services. Appropriate educational services from qualified staff will begin no later than 5 school days after receiving a physician’s written statement. Instructional or related services for a student receiving special education services will be determined by the student’s individualized education program.

Instructional time will be provided for a minimum of 5 clock hours per week on days when school is normally in session.

A student who is unable to attend school because of pregnancy will be provided home instruction, correspondence courses, or other courses of instruction (1) before the birth of the child when the student’s physician indicates, in writing, that she is medically unable to attend regular classroom instruction as well as, and (2) for up to 3 months after the child’s birth or a miscarriage.

Periodic conferences will be held between appropriate school personnel, parent(s)/guardian(s), and hospital staff to coordinate course work and facilitate the student’s return to school.


Individual Health Plans

If a student requires a specific plan in order to manage his/her medical condition, parents should contact the school nurse. An Individual Health Care Plan is a written document created by the school nurse in collaboration with the parent and the physician to address the student’s medical needs.

If the medical condition significantly limits one or more of the child’s major life activities, the child may be considered for a Section 504 Accommodation Plan.



Students with Chronic Communicable Diseases

Any student who has a chronic communicable disease or is a carrier of a chronic communicable disease shall be provided a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive placement. Such student may attend school in the regular classroom setting whenever, through reasonable accommodation, the risk of transmission of the disease and/or the risk of further injury to the student is sufficiently remote so as to be outweighed by the detrimental effects of the student’s placement in a more restrictive setting. Parents seeking further information regarding these issues may contact their child’s building principal or the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services at 847-593-4335.



Students with Life-Threatening Allergies

If your child has a life-threatening allergy, parents should notify the school nurse or principal as soon as possible and preferably before the child begins school. Information from your doctor may be required. The school nurse will work with the principal and staff to prevent the exposure to known allergens and how to develop a plan to respond to allergic reactions. Education and training of all staff about the management of students with food allergies and in-service training for the specific child’s staff will be provided by a person with expertise in this area. (See Section 504 under Special Education).


Supporting Student with Life-Threatening Allergies

The goal of School District 59 is to provide a safe environment for all children, including those with life-threatening allergies. Although the risk to students with these allergies in the schools cannot be completely eliminated, it can be greatly reduced. Protecting students with life-threatening allergies is the shared responsibility of families, schools, and the community.
The purpose of the District’s Allergy Guidelines is to reduce unintended allergic reactions by outlining the problem, providing education on allergen avoidance strategies, establishing emergency response procedures, and outlining the responsibilities for of the student, families, and the school system.


STUDENTS WITH ASTHMA

A new law was recently passed addressing the safe care of the student with asthma in Illinois schools. The law directs the school districts to create an Asthma Emergency Response Protocol.  Our new Asthma Emergency Response Protocol is attached here. The protocol spells out what action school staff should take for an asthma episode occurring at school.

Additionally, the new legislation directs school districts to request an Asthma Action Plan for all students with asthma.  A sample Asthma Action Plan is attached here.  Please have the Asthma Action Plan completed by your child’s physician.  Once completed, return the completed Asthma Action Plan to your school nurse.  The action plan will be shared with school staff who works with your child.

Our goal is for staff to have a clear understanding of responding to asthma symptoms and to asthma emergencies, so that your child is safe and able to participate at school.



Students with Diabetes

If your child has diabetes, parents should notify the school’s school nurse or principal as soon as possible and before the child begins school. The District will not deny a student access to any school or school related activities on the basis that a student has diabetes. The District will comply with the requirements of the Care of Student with Diabetes Act and shall facilitate and implement the procedures. The District will provide all staff an overview of Diabetes on a yearly basis. (See Section 504 under Special Education).



First Aid Training for Staff

The District annually provides first aid training to all coaches and administrators. Participants receive a certificate that is valid for two years.


CPR/AED Training

All schools in District 59 are equipped with automated external defibrillator devices. The District provides Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) certification training to all health care staff members, building administrators, coaches, and others deemed appropriate by the District.



Head Lice

Lice infestation may occur at any age, but is most frequent among grade school children. It can occur in any social strata. Head lice is not a disease, but is considered a nuisance problem.

District 59 lice management practices have been changed in order to reflect standard practice as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, the American School Health Association, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

When lice are found on a child at school, the child’s parent will be informed immediately and treatment options will be provided. Students may return to school the next day if treatment has been completed. If the child is not treated appropriately, then he/she will not be allowed to return to school until such treatment is initiated.

In very unusual cases, it may be appropriate in the professional opinion of the School Nurse and in consultation with the School Principal to consider a general parent/guardian notification for a high number of identified cases of head lice.



Vision and Hearing

District 59 conducts vision screening for all students in pre-school, kindergarten, second, fifth and eighth grades, as well as new students entering the District and students in special education. Hearing screenings are conducted for all students in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades, as well as new students entering the District and students in special education. A parent will be notified when it is determined by school personnel that his/her child should be referred for further testing.


Vision Examination

All children enrolling in kindergarten, and any student enrolling in a school for the first time, must have an eye examination. Before October 15 of the school year, parent(s)/guardian(s) of such students must present proof that the student has been examined, within the previous year, by a licensed optometrist or a physician. Proof of required eye examinations must be recorded on report forms issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health and/or the Illinois State Board of Education. Eye examination report forms must be completed and signed by a licensed optometrist or a physician, and submitted to the District. The eye examination report is available HERE.

If a child is required to present proof of an eye exam but fails to do so by October 15, the school may hold the child’s report card until one of the following occurs: (1) the child presents proof of a completed eye examination, or (2) the child presents proof that an eye examination will take place within 60 days after October 15. The eye examination requirement may be waived for children who demonstrate an undue burden or lack of access to a licensed optometrist or a physician who provides eye examinations. The District must ensure that eye examinations are made available for students who are eligible for the free lunch program.


Medication Guidelines

At certain times, medication must be administered during the school day in order that a child may attend school on a regular basis. A written order from the child’s physician, detailing medication, dosage, and time intervals to be given must be on file. The required form to be used for both the parent and physician is available at the school office or can be accessed here. Non-prescription drugs also require a written order from the physician. Documented permission from the parent or guardian must also be on file in the school health office to permit the child to receive medication during school hours.

A student may possess and self-administer asthma and/or EpiPen medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when: (a) the medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication; (b) the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse stating: (i) the name and purpose of the medication; (ii) the prescribed dosage; and (iii) the time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered; and (c) the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have signed and submitted the District’s “Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement for the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication.

With the exception of asthma and/or EpiPen medication to be self-administered by the student, all medications must be delivered personally by the parent to a school representative in a container, properly labeled by a pharmacy or a physician. Any unused medication must be picked up at school by the parent/guardian at the end of the school year. No medication will be sent home on the bus. The District reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication in the school.

Students in possession of prescription or non-prescription medications in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. The Board of Education Administrative Procedure AR 7:270-R sets forth the District’s Medication Guidelines.


Abused and Neglected Child Reporting

Any District employee who has reasonable cause to believe that a student may be an abused or neglected child shall immediately report such a case or cause a report to be made to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


Erin’s Law

On January 24, 2013, Governor Quinn signed into effect Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law requires child sexual abuse prevention education for children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades.  District 59 staff want to bring this to your attention and explain how we intend to implement this new law.  Our district social workers and psychologists, under the leadership of our Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, worked together to develop a curriculum that will give our students the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves.

Pre-school

In the pre-school program, children’s needs related to personal safety and decision making are addressed on a weekly basis through a program called Second Step.  In order to comply with Erin’s Law, pre-school psychologists and social workers utilize an extension of Second Step specifically created from preschool-aged children, called Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum.  This curriculum provides students with information to help keep them safe from dangerous and abusive situations.  It teaches children that there are safe touches (keep you safe and are good for your body), unsafe touches (not good for your body and either hurt your body or your feelings), and unwanted touches (may be safe touches, but the child doesn’t want to be touched in that way, by that person, or at that moment in time).  During the lessons, the children will learn the Touching Rule: A bigger person should not touch your private body parts except to keep you clean and healthy.  They will learn that private body parts are “those parts covered by a swimsuit.”

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

The kindergarten through fifth grade lessons are titled “Personal Body Safety” and will include:

  • Safe, Unsafe, Confusing/Unwanted Touching
  • Do You Have a Secret (Jennifer Moore Malinos).  This book helps children distinguish between good and bad secrets.
  • The Touching Rule (Nobody should touch your private parts except to keep you clean and healthy).
  • The Safety Steps (Say No, Go to a safe place, Tell an adult you trust).
  • The Safety Rules
  • How to say no and who do you tell (video clips) – Grades 3-5 only

Junior High

The most common unsafe touches or unsafe comments of a sexual nature in junior high are related to sexual harassment; therefore, our presentation to students will focus on sexual harassment.

  • Students in grade 6 will view a video from the Second Step curriculum on sexual harassment.
  • Students in grades 7-8 will view a video called Confronting Sexual Harassment in School: What Every Student Needs to Know.
  • Both videos help students recognize sexual harassment and provide them with concrete suggestions to keep themselves safe.  There will be a discussion and activities following the video led by the school social worker and psychologist reinforcing the concepts being presented.

We want the children to be able to learn to say “no” when appropriate and to identify when to keep a secret and when to tell.  We will also help them think about their support system and identify the adults that they can trust.  The district realizes that this can be a sensitive topic, so please contact your building principal if you do not want your child to participate in this lesson.

To read this information in Spanish: Erin’s Law- Spanish.

Watch Erin Merryn’s Testimony

View Erin’s Law Parent Presentation


Questions regarding student health requirements and services can be directed to the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, 847-593-4335.

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Each of District 59’s schools has either a Registered Nurse (RN) or a certified School Nurse (CSN). Nurses are licensed through the professional regulation division of the State of Illinois. There is also a Health Coordinator to provide guidance to the health service staff.


Health Examinations and Immunizations

Parent(s)/guardian(s) of students shall present proof of a health examination by a licensed physician conducted within one year of the student:

1. Entering kindergarten or the first grade;
2. Entering the sixth grade; and
3. Enrolling in an Illinois school, regardless of the student’s grade (including early childhood, special education, and students transferring into Illinois from out-of-state or out-of-county).

At the same time, parent(s)/guardian(s) shall also present proof of such students having received the immunizations against the following:

  • diphtheria
  • pertussis
  • tetanus
  • poliomyelitis
  • measles
  • meningococcal
  • mumps
  • chickenpox (varicella)
  • rubella
  • screenings for preventable communicable diseases, as required by the Department of Public Health rules.

Please also note the following:

  • Any child 24 to 59 months of age who have not received the primary series of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, according to the recommended vaccination schedule, shall show proof of receiving one dose of the pneumococcal vaccine.
  • Any child entering kindergarten and sixth grade shall show proof of receiving two doses of varicella vaccine. Children who are able to show proof of having had the chickenpox disease need not receive the chickenpox immunization.
  • Children entering school at any grade level (kindergarten through eighth) shall show proof of having received two doses of rubella and mumps vaccine.
  • Children entering school for the first time or upon entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade must have received at least the first shot in the three-shot series of Hepatitis immunizations. A doctor’s note stating when they are to receive the second and third shots must also be provided to the school Health Office. Students who have not received the first shot may be excluded from school.
  • Any child entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade shall show proof of receiving one dose of Tdap (defined as tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose.
  • Any child entering the sixth grade shall show proof of having received one dose of meningococcal vaccine on or after the 10th birthday.

The required health examinations must be performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician authorizing the advanced practice nurse to perform health examinations, or a physician assistant who has been delegated the performance of health examinations by a supervising physician.

The District is required by the State Board of Education to use a standard form furnished by the state to record and verify the physical examination and immunization data. This form, entitled “Certificate of Child Health Examination” is available HERE and is also available at the school office. No other form will be accepted from your family doctor. Your child’s certificate must indicate the month, day, and year of the immunizations and be signed by the examining physician, an advanced practical nurse, or a physician’s assistant.

The required form must be returned to the school office on or before October 15 or the student may no longer attend classes until proof of the vaccinations or required health examination is properly submitted. A student may attend classes after October 15 only if he or she has proof that an appointment for the required vaccinations is scheduled. If the required proof of vaccinations is not submitted within 30 days after the student is permitted to attend classes, the student may no longer attend classes until proof of the vaccinations is properly submitted.  Students transferring to the District mid-year are given a 30-day period to comply. Exceptions to these time lines may be made for homeless students.

If the physical condition of your child is such that any one or more of the immunizing agents should not be administered, the examining physician responsible for the performance of the health examination shall endorse that fact upon the health examination form.

Exceptions to the health examination and immunization requirements will be made in response to valid religious objections. However, properly documented evidence, which meets the requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s regulations, must be submitted to the District Health Coordinator in order to give credence to the exception.

On August 3, 2015, Public Act 099-0249 was enacted that changes the process for parents or legal guardians seeking a religious exemption to any required immunizations or examinations for their children. The new law requires that parents or legal guardians who object on religious grounds to complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption Form, which must also be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for performing the student examination. The healthcare provider signature on this new form attests to informing the parent or legal guardian of the benefits of immunization and the health risks of not vaccinating the student. The certificate also requires the parent or guardian signature to attest to understanding that their child may be excluded from school in the case of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or exposure, Use of the Certificate of Religious Exemption form is required beginning October 16, 2015 for all students entering kindergarten, sixth or ninth grades when the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is requesting a religious exemption. The Certificate of Exemption Form is available HERE.



Dental Examinations

By May 15th of the current school year, all students in grades kindergarten, second, and sixth grade must provide proof of dental examination by a licensed dentist, in accordance with state law. This examination must have taken place within 18 months prior to May 15th of the school year. The District is required by the State Board of Education to use a standard form furnished by the state to record and verify the dental examination. This form is entitled “Dental Examination Record” and is available HERE and at the school office. No other form will be accepted from your family dentist. Your child’s dental examination form must indicate the month, day, and year the examination was conducted and be signed by the dentist. Pursuant to Illinois law, the District must provide parents/guardians notice of the dental examination requirement no later than 60 days before the May 15th compliance date.

If a child in second or sixth grade fails to present proof of a dental examination by May 15th, the school may hold the child’s report card until the parent/guardian presents proof of a completed dental examination or, the parent/guardian presents proof that a dental examination will take place within 60 days after May 15th. Children for whom the requirement of a dental examination causes an undue burden or who have a lack of access to a dentist may have the requirement waived in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.



HPV Information

The District is required by the Illinois State Board of Education to notify all female students who are entering the sixth grade and their parents on the link between Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer and the availability of the HPV vaccine. This requirement is in accordance with state law. Please contact your child’s healthcare provider for further information about the HPV vaccine.



Health Guidelines for Parents

If your child has contracted a communicable disease such as chickenpox, strep throat, measles, mumps or fifth disease, please notify the school health office. Letters may be sent home to the parents/guardians of their classmates to notify and inform them of the signs/symptoms of the communicable disease, in accordance with state and federal privacy laws. If your child needs to be excused from recess or physical education for more than one (1) day, written permission from your physician is required. If your child is medically excused from gym or recess by a physician, your child is not eligible to participate in any extracurricular sports or activities until medically cleared to do so by a physician.  When a child returns after a significant illness or injury (fracture or sprain), the doctor should provide a note indicating when a child may resume normal physical activities, if applicable and that the child is medically cleared to attend school.

You must keep your child home and call your physician when one or more of the following symptoms persist:

▪ Fever of 100.0 or over, taken in the morning before school – child must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of medication) before returning to school.
▪ Nausea or vomiting
▪ Skin rash or sores
▪ Inflamed, swollen or reddened eyes
▪ Excessive coughing or sneezing
▪ Diarrhea
▪ Sore throat
▪ Headache/earache

Your child must be free from the above illnesses for 24 hours before returning to school, or you may provide a doctor note indicating that the child is medically cleared to attend school.



Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

The District has developed and implemented a program to manage concussions and head injuries suffered by student athletes. Based upon information from the Illinois High School Association:

● A student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion in a practice or game shall be removed from participation or competition at that time.

● A student athlete who has been removed from an interscholastic contest for a possible concussion or head injury may not return to that contest unless cleared to do so by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer. The expense of the doctor or trainer’s exam shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the student.

● If not cleared to return to that contest, a student athlete may not return to play or practice until that student athlete has provided his or her school with written clearance from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified trainer. The expense of the doctor or trainer’s exam shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the student.

In addition, student athletes and their parents/guardians will be informed about this policy in the Interscholastic Agreement Form (H115) that a student athlete and his or her parent/guardian must sign before the student is allowed to participate in a practice or interscholastic competition.

The District will provide coaches, student athletes, and their parents/guardians with educational materials from IHSA regarding the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries including the risks inherent in continuing to play after a concussion or head injury.
The Superintendent or designee will require staff members to notify the parent/guardian of a student who exhibits symptoms consistent with that of a concussion.



Accidents at School

Children should report all accidents occurring on the playground or on the way to or from school to a teacher or the school office.

Minor first aid treatment is provided at school. If an injury is more serious, the school will notify the parents/guardians.

Occasionally, an injury occurs at school that requires that a child receive immediate medical attention. Each year parents will be asked to update and sign an emergency form to be kept on file in the school office. Parents should notify the school in writing of any information changes that pertain to this emergency form (such as a change in the telephone number where they can be reached during the school day). In an emergency, the school will make every effort to contact parents/guardians, but if they cannot be reached, emergency responders will be summoned by school staff.



Illness at School

If a student becomes ill at school and needs to go home, the school nurse will attempt to notify the parents/guardians or their designated emergency contacts at the numbers listed on the emergency form. Parents should have a plan in place so that the child can be picked up as soon as possible.



Home/Hospital Services

A student who is absent from school, or whose physician anticipates that the student will be absent from school, because of a medical condition may be eligible for instruction in the student’s home or hospital. Eligibility shall be determined by State law and the Illinois State Board of Education rules governing (1) the continuum of placement options for students who have been identified for special education services or (2) the home and hospital instruction provisions for students who have not been identified for special education services. Appropriate educational services from qualified staff will begin no later than 5 school days after receiving a physician’s written statement. Instructional or related services for a student receiving special education services will be determined by the student’s individualized education program.

Instructional time will be provided for a minimum of 5 clock hours per week on days when school is normally in session.

A student who is unable to attend school because of pregnancy will be provided home instruction, correspondence courses, or other courses of instruction (1) before the birth of the child when the student’s physician indicates, in writing, that she is medically unable to attend regular classroom instruction as well as, and (2) for up to 3 months after the child’s birth or a miscarriage.

Periodic conferences will be held between appropriate school personnel, parent(s)/guardian(s), and hospital staff to coordinate course work and facilitate the student’s return to school.


Individual Health Plans

If a student requires a specific plan in order to manage his/her medical condition, parents should contact the school nurse. An Individual Health Care Plan is a written document created by the school nurse in collaboration with the parent and the physician to address the student’s medical needs.

If the medical condition significantly limits one or more of the child’s major life activities, the child may be considered for a Section 504 Accommodation Plan.



Students with Chronic Communicable Diseases

Any student who has a chronic communicable disease or is a carrier of a chronic communicable disease shall be provided a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive placement. Such student may attend school in the regular classroom setting whenever, through reasonable accommodation, the risk of transmission of the disease and/or the risk of further injury to the student is sufficiently remote so as to be outweighed by the detrimental effects of the student’s placement in a more restrictive setting. Parents seeking further information regarding these issues may contact their child’s building principal or the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services at 847-593-4335.



Students with Life-Threatening Allergies

If your child has a life-threatening allergy, parents should notify the school nurse or principal as soon as possible and preferably before the child begins school. Information from your doctor may be required. The school nurse will work with the principal and staff to prevent the exposure to known allergens and how to develop a plan to respond to allergic reactions. Education and training of all staff about the management of students with food allergies and in-service training for the specific child’s staff will be provided by a person with expertise in this area. (See Section 504 under Special Education).


Supporting Student with Life-Threatening Allergies

The goal of School District 59 is to provide a safe environment for all children, including those with life-threatening allergies. Although the risk to students with these allergies in the schools cannot be completely eliminated, it can be greatly reduced. Protecting students with life-threatening allergies is the shared responsibility of families, schools, and the community.
The purpose of the District’s Allergy Guidelines is to reduce unintended allergic reactions by outlining the problem, providing education on allergen avoidance strategies, establishing emergency response procedures, and outlining the responsibilities for of the student, families, and the school system.


STUDENTS WITH ASTHMA

A new law was recently passed addressing the safe care of the student with asthma in Illinois schools. The law directs the school districts to create an Asthma Emergency Response Protocol.  Our new Asthma Emergency Response Protocol is attached here. The protocol spells out what action school staff should take for an asthma episode occurring at school.

Additionally, the new legislation directs school districts to request an Asthma Action Plan for all students with asthma.  A sample Asthma Action Plan is attached here.  Please have the Asthma Action Plan completed by your child’s physician.  Once completed, return the completed Asthma Action Plan to your school nurse.  The action plan will be shared with school staff who works with your child.

Our goal is for staff to have a clear understanding of responding to asthma symptoms and to asthma emergencies, so that your child is safe and able to participate at school.



Students with Diabetes

If your child has diabetes, parents should notify the school’s school nurse or principal as soon as possible and before the child begins school. The District will not deny a student access to any school or school related activities on the basis that a student has diabetes. The District will comply with the requirements of the Care of Student with Diabetes Act and shall facilitate and implement the procedures. The District will provide all staff an overview of Diabetes on a yearly basis. (See Section 504 under Special Education).



First Aid Training for Staff

The District annually provides first aid training to all coaches and administrators. Participants receive a certificate that is valid for two years.


CPR/AED Training

All schools in District 59 are equipped with automated external defibrillator devices. The District provides Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) certification training to all health care staff members, building administrators, coaches, and others deemed appropriate by the District.



Head Lice

Lice infestation may occur at any age, but is most frequent among grade school children. It can occur in any social strata. Head lice is not a disease, but is considered a nuisance problem.

District 59 lice management practices have been changed in order to reflect standard practice as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, the American School Health Association, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

When lice are found on a child at school, the child’s parent will be informed immediately and treatment options will be provided. Students may return to school the next day if treatment has been completed. If the child is not treated appropriately, then he/she will not be allowed to return to school until such treatment is initiated.

In very unusual cases, it may be appropriate in the professional opinion of the School Nurse and in consultation with the School Principal to consider a general parent/guardian notification for a high number of identified cases of head lice.



Vision and Hearing

District 59 conducts vision screening for all students in pre-school, kindergarten, second, fifth and eighth grades, as well as new students entering the District and students in special education. Hearing screenings are conducted for all students in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades, as well as new students entering the District and students in special education. A parent will be notified when it is determined by school personnel that his/her child should be referred for further testing.


Vision Examination

All children enrolling in kindergarten, and any student enrolling in a school for the first time, must have an eye examination. Before October 15 of the school year, parent(s)/guardian(s) of such students must present proof that the student has been examined, within the previous year, by a licensed optometrist or a physician. Proof of required eye examinations must be recorded on report forms issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health and/or the Illinois State Board of Education. Eye examination report forms must be completed and signed by a licensed optometrist or a physician, and submitted to the District. The eye examination report is available HERE.

If a child is required to present proof of an eye exam but fails to do so by October 15, the school may hold the child’s report card until one of the following occurs: (1) the child presents proof of a completed eye examination, or (2) the child presents proof that an eye examination will take place within 60 days after October 15. The eye examination requirement may be waived for children who demonstrate an undue burden or lack of access to a licensed optometrist or a physician who provides eye examinations. The District must ensure that eye examinations are made available for students who are eligible for the free lunch program.


Medication Guidelines

At certain times, medication must be administered during the school day in order that a child may attend school on a regular basis. A written order from the child’s physician, detailing medication, dosage, and time intervals to be given must be on file. The required form to be used for both the parent and physician is available at the school office or can be accessed here. Non-prescription drugs also require a written order from the physician. Documented permission from the parent or guardian must also be on file in the school health office to permit the child to receive medication during school hours.

A student may possess and self-administer asthma and/or EpiPen medication on school grounds, at school activities, while under the supervision of school personnel, or before and after normal school activities, when: (a) the medication has been prescribed by a physician, a physician’s assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse possessing the proper authority to prescribe medication; (b) the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have provided the school nurse with written authorization for the self-administration of medication and a written statement from the student’s physician, physician assistant or advance practice registered nurse stating: (i) the name and purpose of the medication; (ii) the prescribed dosage; and (iii) the time or times at which or special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered; and (c) the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) have signed and submitted the District’s “Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement for the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication.

With the exception of asthma and/or EpiPen medication to be self-administered by the student, all medications must be delivered personally by the parent to a school representative in a container, properly labeled by a pharmacy or a physician. Any unused medication must be picked up at school by the parent/guardian at the end of the school year. No medication will be sent home on the bus. The District reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication in the school.

Students in possession of prescription or non-prescription medications in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. The Board of Education Administrative Procedure AR 7:270-R sets forth the District’s Medication Guidelines.


Abused and Neglected Child Reporting

Any District employee who has reasonable cause to believe that a student may be an abused or neglected child shall immediately report such a case or cause a report to be made to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


Erin’s Law

On January 24, 2013, Governor Quinn signed into effect Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law requires child sexual abuse prevention education for children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades.  District 59 staff want to bring this to your attention and explain how we intend to implement this new law.  Our district social workers and psychologists, under the leadership of our Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, worked together to develop a curriculum that will give our students the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves.

Pre-school

In the pre-school program, children’s needs related to personal safety and decision making are addressed on a weekly basis through a program called Second Step.  In order to comply with Erin’s Law, pre-school psychologists and social workers utilize an extension of Second Step specifically created from preschool-aged children, called Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum.  This curriculum provides students with information to help keep them safe from dangerous and abusive situations.  It teaches children that there are safe touches (keep you safe and are good for your body), unsafe touches (not good for your body and either hurt your body or your feelings), and unwanted touches (may be safe touches, but the child doesn’t want to be touched in that way, by that person, or at that moment in time).  During the lessons, the children will learn the Touching Rule: A bigger person should not touch your private body parts except to keep you clean and healthy.  They will learn that private body parts are “those parts covered by a swimsuit.”

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

The kindergarten through fifth grade lessons are titled “Personal Body Safety” and will include:

  • Safe, Unsafe, Confusing/Unwanted Touching
  • Do You Have a Secret (Jennifer Moore Malinos).  This book helps children distinguish between good and bad secrets.
  • The Touching Rule (Nobody should touch your private parts except to keep you clean and healthy).
  • The Safety Steps (Say No, Go to a safe place, Tell an adult you trust).
  • The Safety Rules
  • How to say no and who do you tell (video clips) – Grades 3-5 only

Junior High

The most common unsafe touches or unsafe comments of a sexual nature in junior high are related to sexual harassment; therefore, our presentation to students will focus on sexual harassment.

  • Students in grade 6 will view a video from the Second Step curriculum on sexual harassment.
  • Students in grades 7-8 will view a video called Confronting Sexual Harassment in School: What Every Student Needs to Know.
  • Both videos help students recognize sexual harassment and provide them with concrete suggestions to keep themselves safe.  There will be a discussion and activities following the video led by the school social worker and psychologist reinforcing the concepts being presented.

We want the children to be able to learn to say “no” when appropriate and to identify when to keep a secret and when to tell.  We will also help them think about their support system and identify the adults that they can trust.  The district realizes that this can be a sensitive topic, so please contact your building principal if you do not want your child to participate in this lesson.

To read this information in Spanish: Erin’s Law- Spanish.

Watch Erin Merryn’s Testimony

View Erin’s Law Parent Presentation


Questions regarding student health requirements and services can be directed to the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, 847-593-4335.

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