Health Information

When Your Child is Sick

For your child to return to school they need to:
  • Be free of fever (less than 100 degrees F) for at least 24 hours without use of medication.
  • Have no vomiting for 24 hours after last occurrence, without use of medication, and the child is able to hold down fluids and food.
  • Have no diarrhea for 24 hours after last occurrence, without use of medication.
  • If diagnosed with pink eye or strep throat, the child must remain at home for 24 hours after treatment begins.
  • Unidentified rashes should be seen by a doctor and determined to be non- contagious before returning to school.

Reporting an Absence

When calling school to report your child’s absence, please communicate the following information:
  • Does your child have a flu-like illness defined as fever (100 degrees F or higher) and a cough and/or sore throat in the absence of a known cause other than the flu?
  • If your child does not have flu-like symptoms, please communicate the symptoms that your child is experiencing.
  • If your child has a contagious disease, such as strep, pink eye, pneumonia, etc. please state so when leaving the message. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation!

Health Requirements

Allergy and Asthma Information

Communicable Diseases

Influenza: October-May according to the CDC is considered “Flu Season”.

Prevention: Keep your child home when they are ill; advise your child to cover their cough/sneeze, encourage frequent hand washing, especially before meals. Make sure to get an annual flu shot. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated. Most insurance companies now cover flu shots, however, if you do not have coverage, contact the DuPage County Health Department at (630) 682-7400 for providers offering affordable flu vaccinations.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • fever*
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Transmission: Flu virus is spread by respiratory droplets when someone who is ill is talking, sneezes or coughs. It can be contracted from close contact, or sharing utensils, and less often, from surfaces that are contaminated by droplets and then a person transfers these to their eyes, nose or mouth.

Resources:

General List of Common Childhood Illnesses from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Concussion Information

Medication During School Hours

Lice

General Information:

  • Parents should regularly check their children for evidence of head lice and provide immediate treatment if head lice are detected.
  • If a child has evidence of head lice the school should be informed.
  • Contact the school if you are not sure your child has head lice and you need an opinion. Active head lice should be treated with a pediculicide shampoo and combing.
  • Following treatment or manual removal of head lice, the school nurse may check the child for live lice only with parental consent.

Lice Information

School Nurses

Certified School Nurse/District Nurse
Kristin Katsenes
630.861.4255

Cheryl Jenkins
630.861.4254

CHMS
Mary Youngman
630.861.4808

HMS
Sue Pyrz
630.861.4708

Elm
Kim Pavich
630.861.4008

Madison
Peg Bellich
630.861.4108

Monroe
Charity Richardon
630.861.4208

Oak
Laura Spagnoli
630.861.4308

Prospect
Cathy Siracusa
630.861.4408

The Lane
Barbara Luchette
630.861.4508

Walker
June Zogas
630.861.4608