Health Services Mission Statement
We are committed to meet the health demands, as well as to advance the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of our students.
To that end, Health Services facilitates positive student responses to normal human development; promotes health and safety in the school environment; intervenes with actual and potential conditions; provides case management services; and actively collaborates with other district disciplines to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
McHenry District 15 requests parents of students entering pre-school, kindergarten and sixth grade to present documentation that their child has had a physical examination and received required immunizations PRIOR to the opening of the new school year in August.
Students entering pre-school, kindergarten, sixth grade or those entering school at any grade for the first time in Illinois, are required by Illinois School Code to present evidence of a completed physical examination by a licensed physician or a certified nurse practitioner or physician assistant who has been delegated the performance of health examinations by a supervising physician. Additionally, these students must also present evidence of having received immunizations against preventable communicable diseases as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health. In the event that students cannot demonstrate that they have had a physical examination or met the immunization requirements, Illinois School Code requires school districts to exclude students from attending school.
All physicals are required to have the parent section completed, including a parent signature.
Need to Find Free Vaccines for Your Child (Not COVID Related)?
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines to eligible children at no cost. This program provides free vaccines to children who are Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, underinsured, or American Indian/Alaska Native. Check out the program’s requirements and talk to your child’s doctor or nurse to see if they are a VFC provider. You can also find a VFC provider by calling your state or local health department or seeing if your state has a VFC website
Face Covering Guidelines and Information
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), children need to be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential services and help make sure children are protected. Children who are
not protected by vaccines may be more likely to get diseases like measles and whooping cough.
It’s important for parents to work with their children’s doctor or nurse to make sure their children stay up to date on routine vaccines.
Please view this document for information on Guidance of the Use of Masks by the General Public
Dear McHenry District 15 Families,
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving health issue and we continue to follow the guidelines of our local and federal health authorities. As new cases are reported in Illinois, our primary concern is for the health and safety of our schools and community. We are determined to continue a proactive approach in emergency planning. The primary measures to prevent the spread of illnesses both at school and home is to practice good hand hygiene and keep children home if they are feeling ill or have a fever.
With spring break approaching many are planning to travel. If you are traveling internationally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers specific instructions regarding staying home following travel.
- Any student or staff who has a fever, cough, and/or respiratory symptoms and has had contact with anyone that has traveled to a level 3 country.
- Any staff or student returning from a level 3 country should be quarantined for 14 days, starting the day they return to the United States.
The Travel Health Notices change often and travel guidance can be found on https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices. We ask that you notify your school if you have traveled to a level 3 country. If a student will need to stay home, the absences will be excused.
The McHenry County Department of Health recommends the following website for updates: www.mcdh.info. You are encouraged to call 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV with any general questions you may have regarding COVID-19.
Estimadas familias del Distrito 15 de McHenry:
El coronavirus (COVID-19) es un problema de salud en rápida evolución y seguimos siguiendo las pautas de nuestras autoridades de salud locales y federales. A medida que se informan nuevos casos en Illinois, nuestra principal preocupación es la salud y seguridad de nuestras escuelas y comunidad. Estamos decididos a continuar con un enfoque proactivo en la planificación de emergencias. Las medidas principales para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades tanto en la escuela como en el hogar es practicar una buena higiene de las manos y mantener a los niños en casa si se sienten enfermos o tienen fiebre.
Con las vacaciones de primavera acercándose, muchos planean viajar. Si viaja internacionalmente, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC) ofrecen instrucciones específicas sobre quedarse en casa después del viaje.
- Cualquier estudiante o personal que tenga fiebre, tos y / o síntomas respiratorios y haya tenido contacto con cualquier persona que haya viajado a un país de nivel 3.
- Cualquier personal o estudiante que regrese de un país de nivel 3 debe permanecer en cuarentena durante 14 días, a partir del día en que regrese a los Estados Unidos.
Los avisos de salud de viaje cambian con frecuencia y se puede encontrar orientación sobre viajes en https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices . Le pedimos que notifique a su escuela si ha viajado a un país de nivel 3. Si un estudiante necesita quedarse en casa, las ausencias serán justificadas.
El Departamento de Salud del Condado de McHenry recomienda el siguiente sitio web para actualizaciones: www.mcdh.info. Le recomendamos que llame al 1-800-889-3931 o envíe un correo electrónico a DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV con cualquier pregunta general que pueda tener sobre COVID-19.
Who should be immunized? Everyone!
Immunizations, also known as vaccines, are one of our greatest defenses against many serious illnesses. Vaccines are responsible for eradicating diseases such as small pox and polio, as well as reducing cases of measles, diphtheria and pertussis. Illinois state law requires certain immunizations for children and adults enrolled in child care, school, or college. For more information on immunizations visit: http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/immunization
For local resources on reduced cost/no cost vaccines visit our Health Services Resources page at: https://www.d15.org/Page/408
Keep yourself and your family protected - get immunized!
Kindergarten and 6th grade students, along with all new students from out of state, are required to have a physical examination with completed health history and an up to date immunization record submitted on the first day of school. Please follow the link for resources: https://www.d15.org/
Page/408. You may also contact your school nurse for assistance.
When to Keep Sick Children Home From School
Deciding when to keep a sick child at home from school is not always easy. It's important for children to attend school and for some parents staying home means missing work. But when a child is truly sick, they need to stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others.
Please keep the school office up to date with current phone numbers so you or an alternate contact can be reached if your child becomes ill or injured at school. When calling your child in absent, you may be asked to describe symptoms and indicate whether a fever is present. This information is important to monitor illness-related trends in your child's school.
The following guidelines will help you decide whether your child is too ill to go to school.
Your child may be too ill to go to school if he or she has any of these signs:
- Seems very tired and needs bed rest (this is common with flu symptoms)
- Has vomiting or diarrhea
- Becomes short of breath or is wheezing
- Has a cough that disrupts normal activity
- Has distracting pain from earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury
- Has yellow or green drainage from eye(s)
- Breaks out in a rash; not all rashes require that a child stay home from school, check with your child's doctor
- Fever; your child should not go to school with a temperature above 100.0 F, your child may return to school when (s)he is feeling better and is fever free for 24 hours without fever - reducing medications (Tylenol/Motrin, etc.)
- Your child should stay home from school if (s)he has a contagious disease. A contagious disease is one that can be spread by close contact with a person or object. Examples are: chickenpox, flu, vomiting, diarrhea, colds, strep throat and "pinkeye." A disease can be contagious before the child shows signs of illness. It is very hard to prevent the spread of some germs, especially in a school classroom. Good hand washing will help prevent the spread of germs.