There is a health office at every school staffed by an RN who is available to provide needed first aid, administer daily physician-prescribed medication, and support student health plans. Lead nurse, Mary Phelps, 847-948-5151 x 1157, oversees all health services.
When to Send Your Child Back to School
As if it weren’t difficult enough to figure out when to keep a child home from school, parents often find it equally hard to tell when it’s time to send their child back to school. Here are a few basic guidelines:
- Your child no longer exhibits signs of pain or illness.
- Your child is fever free for at least 24 hours. (100 F)
- Your child is sleeping well and appears energetic.
- Bodily functions have returned to normal.
- If antibiotics have been prescribed, your child needs to be on the medication for at least 24 hours or longer before returning to school. Be sure to follow the doctors’ recommendations for school participation and turn in notes if there are any restrictions on activity.
- The “runny nose” has diminished to the sniffles, easily controlled with wiping and the mucous is clear.
- Your child’s cough is infrequent and non-productive.
- Your child is eating, playing and pretty much back to normal.
Hearing & Vision Screening
During the school year, District 109 students may have their hearing and vision screened by school health personnel. Parents will be notified if results require a follow-up visit with an outside healthcare professional.
Health Information Updates
Concussions and Head Injuries update.
Effective September 1, 2016, students who have been diagnosed with a concussion will need two forms before returning.
2. A form from the health care provider detailing specific school recommendations & symptoms. This SAMPLE FORM can be used or physicians may use their own form.
Lice Policy Update 2016.
Effective with the return to school on January 5th, 2016, school nurses will no longer be performing lice screenings. If multiple cases are reported in a particular grade or classroom, a health alert will be sent to families.
Health Forms and Documents
Erin's Law - Keeping Children Safe
District 109 implements a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program to teach students age-appropriate techniques for recognizing and reporting sexual abuse. In addition, the links below provide parents with information regarding the warning signs of child sexual abuse and additional resource information.
Warning Signs of Child Sexual Abuse
Warning signs may include physical signs and sudden changes in behavior and emotions. However, children who have been sexually abused may show no signs at all. And remember, these signs may be caused by other things than sexual abuse.
- Difficulty walking or sitting
- Redness, rashes, bleeding in the genital or anal area
- Bladder or urinary tract infections, painful bowel movements
- Frequent headaches or stomachaches
- Sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy
Behavioral and Emotional Signs:
- A sudden change in behavior or personality
- Depression, anxiety
- Withdrawing from family, friends or activities
- Acting aggressively
- Problems at school
- Regressing behavior such as wetting their bed or sucking their thumb
- Nightmares, sleep problems
- Showing fear or reluctance to be around people, places and activities
- Acting out sexually
- Showing knowledge of sex that is not age appropriate
- Self destructive behavior such as cutting themselves, eating disorders, alcohol or drug use
Children who have been sexually abused may also experience feelings of guilt, shame, betrayal, confusion, and embarrassment.
Also, be aware of an older, more dominant child, teenager and/or an adult who seems to want to spend time alone with your child. They may be trying to groom your child for abuse. Grooming involves gaining the trust of the child and family in order to have access to the child with the intention of using them in a sexual way. Be alert to the signs of sexual abuse. If you have been told about abuse or even suspect abuse, report it! In Illinois, call 1-800-25ABUSE (1-800-252-2873).
For Staff & Parents: CPR and AED Tutorials
District 109 encourages parents and staff to understand how to perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and to use an automated external defibrillators.
State law requires the Illinois High School Association to post a hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators training video on its website. District 109 encourages parents and staff to click here to view the video on the IHSA website. It will take less than 15 minutes of your time.
We offer staff an online tutorials on AED use (staff can click here to log in and access that tutorial).