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.
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.
Cold & Flu Season
The Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. You have the power to protect yourself and your family this season with these three actions to fight flu.
- Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get one. A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. As long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated!
- Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness and can make the illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
Learn more at: www.nfid.org/flu
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.
Please note new requirements for all students entering, advancing, or transferring into 6th through 12th grades.
Illinois state law requires a complete physical examination on file for all students entering Kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grades.
Mid-year transfer students will have thirty days from enrollment to submit their required information; a complete vision examination is required for all students new to the state of Illinois, as well.
Please visit the Health Requirements section of our website and refer to your child's grade level to review their specific health requirements.
National Walk to School Day
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.