The Health Office - Serving all students every day

  • The Health Office - Serving all students every day

    During the school year, the Health Office staff, the District Nurse, and the District 45 Administration collaborate to serve all our students in many capacities.

    Vision and/or Hearing Screenings

    Annual Vision and/or Hearing Screenings are done at the following grade levels:

    • Preschool-vision and hearing
    • Kindergarten-vision and hearing
    • 1st grade-hearing screening
    • 2nd grade-vision and hearing, color vision screening
    • 3rd grade-hearing screening
    • 8th grade-vision screening

    Separate Vision and/or Hearing Screenings may be done under the following circumstances:

    • A teacher requests a screening for a student.
    • The student is new to the District.
    • The student is receiving Special Education services.
    • The Student did not pass a screening in the required year and did not provide documentation of a follow up with a physician. In this case, a screening is scheduled for the next year.
    • The student is in 2nd grade and wears glasses. This requires a color vision screening.

    Vision and/or Hearing will not be screened under the following circumstances:

    • The student wears glasses. However, the glasses will be checked to make sure that they are not broken, scratched, or bent, and that they are less than two-years-old.  
    • The student wears a hearing aid or has a cochlear implant. An annual hearing test from an audiologist must be kept in the student’s health file.

    Letters are mailed home to parents/guardians if any student does not pass the vision and/or hearing screening.  

    Dental Screenings

    An annual Dental Screening and Sealant program is conducted by the DuPage County Health Department at each school. Prior to the start of the program, consent forms are sent home with all students.

    Communicable Disease Reporting

    The Health Office is responsible for reporting communicable diseases to the DuPage County Health Department, by state law.  If a parent informs the Health Office that his or her child has a disease that is reportable, the nurse will be in contact with the parent to obtain additional information. Because this is a mandated reporting, parental permission for reporting the disease is not necessary. The Health Office at each school maintains a confidential list of at-risk and susceptible students so that their parents/guardians can be notified if a communicable disease is reported in that school.  Parents of the at-risk students will be notified as soon as possible.

    A list of reportable diseases is available here:

    https://www.dupagehealth.org/upload/Reportable_Diseases_8--2014.pdf

    Action Plans

    An action plan, completed by a child’s physician, must be submitted annually to the Health Office if a child is diagnosed with Epilepsy, Asthma, or a severe, life-threatening allergy. All forms available here.

    School Medication Authorization

    A School Medication Authorization Form must be completed and submitted annually if a child requires medication to be at kept at school. The medication must be brought to school by a parent/guardian, and be counted in the Health Office with a staff member present. At the end of the school year, the medication must be picked up by a parent/guardian. All forms available here

    Concussion Protocol

    The Health Office provides the Return to Learn Protocol, Concussion Fact Sheet, and Graduated Return to Play Form to parents whenever a student suffers a head injury at school during an after-school sport or activity or is diagnosed with a concussion outside of school. In order for the child to return to school, the Return to Learn Protocol must be completed by a physician and given to the Health Office staff.

    Reminders for Parents:

    • If your child has a temperature above 99.6, your child must stay at home until he/she remains fever free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medication.
    • If your child vomits, your child will need to remain at home until he/she has not vomited for 24 hours.
    • If your child has a fever or vomits at school, you will be called to pick up your child from school.
    • If your child has a rash, he/she will need to go home and seek medical attention from a physician. If the rash has been previously diagnosed by a physician, a note from the physician is required to be on file in the Health Office.
    • If your child has signs and symptoms that indicate that he/she may have conjunctivitis (pink eye) such as red eye, yellow or green eye drainage, and complaints of itching and/or pain, we will call you to discuss the situation, and your child may need to be picked up from school. If a diagnosis of pink eye is given from your child’s physician, your child will need to begin prescribed medication and be on that medication for 24 hours before he/she can return to school. If there is a note on file from your child’s physician diagnosing him/her with a condition that causes red eyes, such as seasonal allergies, the Health Office staff will call you to discuss so that the next step can be determined.

    Please contact the Health Office in your child’s school for more information.

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