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Nurse's Notes

Crutches, Ace Bandages, and Casts ... Oh My!

Children using crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, wearing ace bandages, casts and medical equipment, require a physician's note as to accommodations needed in the school setting, affirmation of appropriate training on the use of equipment, and information about the likely duration of the need to use the same.

Physical activities will be limited for one day when the appropriate reason is submitted to the school by parent(s)/guardian(s), or a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act. Alternative activities and/or units of instruction for students whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act, prevents their participation in physical education courses will be provided.

If a student is unable to participate in physical education class, he/she will not be permitted to participate in recess activities. If a student comes to school with a splint, cast or an ace wrap on an extremity, the student will not be permitted to participate in physical education or recess activities without a physician's note.

Germ Patrol

Did you know that germs that cause colds and flu are called viruses and bacteria? When a virus germ gets inside your body, it finds a healthy cell and digs its way inside. Then it begins to multiply. One virus germ becomes two. Two then become four. Four then become eight. Soon the cell is full of hundreds of virus germs. The germs break out of the healthy cell and find another healthy cell and begin multiplying again. Soon there are millions of virus germs in your body.

Sick Child

Parents may be required to provide a physician’s note before a child returns to school if absences exceed three (3) consecutive days due to illness.

The Department of Public Health states that children who have the following illnesses must remain at home for a required time period: 

  •  Vomiting and Temp 100 degrees and above - Students are required to stay at home for 24 hours after the onset of symptoms and must be symptom free (without fever reducing medicine) for 24 hours before returning to school.
  •  Cough/Runny Nose with Green Discharge - Students are required to stay at home for 24 hours after the onset of symtoms.
  •  Pink Eye - Students are required to stay at home after the onset of symtoms related to an eye(s) that is draining, itching, and /or appears pink, red or swollen. A doctor's note is required for student's return to school after starting antibiotic eye drops.
  •  Chicken Pox - Isolation is required for at least six (6) days after appearance of eruption.
  •  Measles- Isolation is required from diagnosis until seven (7) days after the appearance of a rash.
  •  Mumps - Isolation is required for nine (9) days following the swelling of the glands.
  •  Lice- Any student having head lice will be sent home for treatment. All lice and eggs must be removed from the child's hair before he/she returns to school. The Nurse will examine the child's hair before allowed to return to class. Students will not be allowed to resume bus transportation until cleared by the Nurse.
  •  Rash, Ringworm, Skin Conditions, Wounds - Students will not be allowed to attend school with any noticeable rash or skin condition unless a physician's note is on file stating the student's condition is NOT contagious. Any lesion or wound that shows signs of drainage must be covered.
  •  Scarlet Fever, Impetigo or Fifth's Disease - Isolation is required. Student's are excluded from school until seen by a doctor and will not be allowed to return to school until a note is received from a doctor stating the student is NOT contagious.


Homebound & Hospital Illnesses

The home/hospital program is provided for a minimum of five (5) hours per week to any student with a health or physical impairment.  The student's physician must complete a medical certification form to verify that the student will be absent from school for more than two (2) consecutive weeks. Parents or guardians of students who are in need of services should contact the building counselor for specifics.


Student Blood Contact Incidents

The Illinois Department of Labor adopted the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) regulations on bloodborne pathogens. Students who are involved in a blood incident (exposure of a student's blood to any school district employee in any manner in which a student's blood could have penetrated non-intact skin, eyes, mouth or other mucous membranes) may be requested to have their blood tested for bloodborne pathogens at the expense of the school district. Parents or guardians will be asked to allow their child to be tested. All laws pertaining to confidentiality will be followed. The OHSA regulations apply only to students who have blood incidents with school district employees. The OHSA regulations do not apply to students who are exposed to other students’ blood. All questions pertaining to this policy should be directed to the Superintendent.

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