Welcome to the Health Services web page! Minor first aid is given and students who become ill at school will have parents/guardians notified to arrange for the student to go home. Please be aware that per school board policy, no medication is dispensed in the health office unless the student has provided the medication and the required district permission forms are signed and in the Health Office. This includes over-the-counter medications such as cough drops, Tylenol, ibuprofen, sore throat lozenges, etc. For students who need to take medications at school, the required medication form is in the planner or can be downloaded here:
Students who require emergency medications at school, such as asthma inhalers, Epi-Pens, and insulin are allowed to carry that medication with them at school and self-administer the medication as needed. We do request that a completed medication form be kept on file in the student's health record for those medications but the students can carry them while the parent/guardian is obtaining the completed form. Please understand that school staff (including the school nurse) will be unable to assist the student in the administration of that medication unless the completed medication form is on file.
If a student has a life threatening food allergy, a parent/guardian may download the following form and send it to the health office if they wish to have more information on file regarding that food allergy.
All incoming freshmen are required to have a current physical and immunizations on file before starting school. Please note the recent changes in immunization requirements for incoming freshmen! Physicals must be performed within one year of entering high school on the most current State of Illinois form (11/2015) and may be turned into the principal's office or sent directly to the health office. Please make sure that all immunizations are recorded on the form and that the health history is completed by the parent/guardian. Incomplete physicals must be returned to the parent/guardian for completion as required by state law. Parents of current 8th graders: get a copy of your child's immunizations from their junior high if you don't already have it and make sure to keep a copy of that shot record as well as the high school physical for safekeeping at home.
This is the time of year when we see lots of colds, flu and "stomach bugs," which are known by the medical term of Norovirus. Noroviruses are a group of related viruses, which cause gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis). This is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines which leads to stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Many people think they have "food poisoning" when this happens. While it is true that food poisoning canbe caused by noroviruses, other germs and chemicals can also cause food poisoning. Norovirus illness is notrelated to the flu (influenza), which is a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus. It is highly contagious and anyone can be infected. Because many different types of viruses are considered noroviruses, you can also get it more than once in your life. It often begins very suddenly and you feel very sick, with stomach cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. Noroviruses are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S, and roughly 1 in every 15 Americans will get norovirus each year.
The most important thing to remember to reduce your family's risk of norovirus infection is to practice good hand hygiene. This means washing your hands and being mindful of how disease is spread. For more information on noroviruses and how to protect youself and your family, go to the CDC's website below: