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Student Health Center

Important Medical Information

Dear Parents,

The Student Health Center section of the website is provided to give you information that may be helpful regarding student health issues at school. Please make sure that you share any health concerns with me and the classroom teacher and of course the office as needed. If you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance to you, please feel free to contact me at 815-223-1111 or by emailing kmiranda@perued.net. Thank you!

Karen Miranda, District Nurse

Medical Forms and Links

Following are several downloadable forms for parents to access and complete for school records.

School Medication Authorization Form

Certificate of Child Health Exam

School Eye Examination Report

School Dental Examination Report

Certificate of Religious Exemption

Decisions on Keeping Children Home

When your child complains of being sick and has symptoms like sore throat, head cold, diarrhea, vomiting, or has had a fever greater than 100.0°F, in the last 24 hours, your child should remain at home. Keeping your child home when he or she is sick will permit your child time to recover and reduce the spread of illness to others. Please call and inform the school when your child is absent due to illness. If your child needs a dose of medication for the above symptoms in the morning, they need to stay at home. PLEASE DO NOT send your child after having had a dose of Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) in the morning, as the effects will wear off during the school day and the fever will return. A more difficult call is when your child complains of being sick in the morning, but you do not see any symptoms. You will then need to use your best judgment.

Immunization and Physical, Dental and Eye Exam Requirements

According to the Illinois School Code and Board of Education Policy 7:100all students are required to show evidence of a physical health examination and proper immunizations upon entrance to any Illinois public school for the first time, including preschool, kindergarten, sixth or ninth grades, or when transferring from a school outside of Illinois. Students not in compliance may not attend school until meeting the requirements. Religious and medical exemptions can be made according to the documentation included above.

All physical exams are due by the FIRST DAY of student attendance. In addition to the physical examination requirements list above, students in kindergarten, second and sixth grades must provide evidence of a completed dental exam. Students entering kindergarten must provide evidence of a vision exam performed by licensed Illinois optometrist or ophthalmologist. This is also due on the first day of school.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

All children enrolling in kindergarten and any student enrolling for the first time in public schools are required by law to have an eye examination. Each student is to present proof of having been examined by an appropriately licensed physician or optometrist within the previous year and before October 15 of the current school year.

The school nurse, a certified vision and hearing technician, will conduct vision and hearing screenings and inform the parent of the need for further evaluation as needed. Any parent or teacher who feels that a student needs to be screened may refer their child to the school nurse. Hearing screenings will be conducted for all children in preschool, kindergarten, first, second and third grades, as well as for all students receiving special education services. Vision screenings will be conducted for all children in preschool, kindergarten, second and eighth grades, as well as for all students receiving special education services. Screening will also be held for transfer students, and for any student referral from a parent or a teacher. In lieu of the screening services, a completed and signed report form indicating that the child has had an hearing or vision test by a physician, audiologist, or a licensed optometrist within the previous 12 months is acceptable.

A parent or legal guardian of a student may object to hearing and vision screenings on religious grounds. If a religious objection is made, a written and signed statement from the parent or legal guardian detailing such objections must be presented to the local school authority. General philosophical or moral reluctance to allow hearing and vision screening will not provide a sufficient basis for an exception to statutory requirements.

Medication Policy

Any medication including over-the-counter cold medications (such as cough drops, aspirin, Tylenol, vitamin supplements, etc.) required for a student is encouraged to be administered outside of the school day. The school nurse will distribute medications to those students requiring medication during the school day. In order for students to receive their medication in an efficient manner, these guidelines must be followed:

1. ALL MEDICATION IS TO BE TRANSPORTED TO AND FROM SCHOOL BY AN ADULT. No student is to transport or have medications in his/her possession.

2. Before any medication can be given at school, a medication authorization form must be completed and signed by the prescribing physician and the parent/guardian. This includes prescription and over the counter medications (such as Tylenol or Motrin). You can find a link to this form above and print and complete the form from home.

3. Prescription medications are to be in the original container with the student’s name, medication name, dosage, physician’s name and pharmacy name.

4. Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container with the student’s name written on the container. All medications shall be stored in an appropriate locked cabinet.

5. All medication forms (see above) must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

6. Short-term antibiotics prescribed to be given three times a day or less should be given at home. Example: a medication ordered three times a day should be given at home before school, after school and before bed. This allows for the doses to be spread out over the longest time period possible when the child is awake.

7. Students are generally not allowed to self-medicate. Exceptions to this may include students needing asthma medications, or epi pens for allergic reactions to bee stings and/or food allergies. A Self Administration of Medication Form will need to be filled out by the parent and a copy of the prescription label will be kept in the nurse’s office.

8. The parent or guardian is responsible for picking up extra medication at the end of treatment and/or school year. Medications left at the end of the school year will be disposed of properly by the school.

Please direct any questions about the medication policy to the district nurse.

School District Lice Policy

Lice issues are generally due to the head-to-head contact that commonly occurs among children as they play and interact at home with friends and elsewhere such as sporting activities, playgrounds and slumber parties. It is not commonly transmitted at school, but it certainly can be transmitted anywhere in which there is direct contact.

Please remember to examine your child's head, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits. If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined for crawling lice and nits every 2–3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within ¼ inch or less of the scalp should be treated. Children diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school. They can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.

Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice. If you are not sure if a person has head lice, the diagnosis should be made by their health care provider, local health department or other person trained to identify live head lice.

The goal of our district is to keep students in the classroom as long as medically safe. The district follows the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC and LaSalle County School Health Services. Head lice do not transmit disease or illness. They cannot fly or jump. Research has shown that transmission in schools is extremely rare. Prolonged direct head to head contact or sharing of personal items (hats, combs, pillows, etc) is required for transmission. Parents should regularly check their child's head for evidence of head lice (live crawling bugs). If you discover your child has head lice, please use a prescribed treatment to treat them, not a home remedy.

Students suspicious of having head lice will be sent to the office for evaluation by the nurse or designee. The subsequent steps will then be followed:

1. A thorough inspection for live lice and nits will be completed.

2. If live (crawling) lice are noted, the parent/ guardian will be notified immediately by phone. Parents may pick up the student at that time to begin treatment or they can go home at the end of the day.

3. Once appropriate treatment has been started with a product specifically made to treat lice, and the hair has been mechanically combed with a nit comb to remove lice and the majority of nits (eggs), your child should return to school.

4. Children who have had head lice are escorted to school by a parent/guardian to be re-screened before they are allowed back into class. If live lice are still present upon examination for reentry, the child will be sent home at that time for thorough removal. Children who have had head lice will be automatically re-screened in 7- 10 days for the return of head lice.

5. To prevent re-infestation your child should be retreated in 7-10 days.

6. Any child found to have recurrent or untreated head lice or excessive nits (eggs) may be excluded from the classroom until treatment is complete.

Please direct any questions about the lice policy to the district nurse.

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Peru Elementary District 124 1800 Church Street Peru, IL  61354
Phone: 815-223-1111 FAX: 815-223-0490

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