With flu season upon us, it is important that we work together to keep our children healthy. Each year, 1 in 5 Americans are infected by seasonal flu and 36,000 die from flu-related causes. In addition to the seasonal flu, this year a new influenza virus, H1N1 (formerly called swine flu), has caused widespread illness, ranging from mild to severe in the United States, Illinois, and around the world. Vaccinations are the most effective way to protect your children, and their classmates, from these potentially serious diseases. By keeping our children flu-free, we benefit the community as a whole.
Sandoval Community Unit School District 501 is taking important steps to help prevent the spread of infections. Any student with a fever of 100°F or higher with or without a cough or sore throat will be sent home from school. Students will not be allowed to return to classes until they have been fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing mediations.
As parents, you play a key role in helping prevent the spread of infections. We ask that you monitor your children for flu-like illnesses. If your child has a fever, please keep them home. Educate and encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze, and reinforce the importance of good hand hygiene.
All Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grade students are to have a dental exam before May 15, 2015. Please contact the school nurse, 247-3450 if you need additional information.
Upon entering the 9th grade, your child will need to have a certificate of child health examination form completed.
Elementary Nurse/Parent Coordinator
Deirdre Campbell is a Registered Nurse that also acts as Parent Coordinator for Sandoval Elementary School. As A Parent Coordinator/Nurse I have many responsibilities. Please feel free to call on me for help or information! School Number (618) 247-3450
- I assist the district nurse with head checks, vision and hearing screening, health records, administration of medications when needed.
- Another part of this position is assisting parents with their children’s medical, physical and emotional needs. There are many social service agencies as will as local organizations, clubs and churches that I use as resources for our students.
Illness and Injury
If your child becomes ill or injured at school, the nurse may attempt to call you. It is very important to keep at least two emergency numbers on file in the office. Please notify the school at once if your telephone number changes-either at home or at work. School personnel do not transport sick children home.
Most medication schedules can be arranged so that medicine can be given at home. Children requiring medication during school hours will abide by the following guidelines:
All medication to be given during school hours on a ‘routine’ or ‘as needed’ basis must have proper authorization from a physician and parent/guardian and be on file in the office of the school nurse. With such authorization, (school medical authorization form) the school nurse or the nurse designee may administer a nonprescription or a filled prescription medicine according to administration directions listed on the label. All such medications MUST BE IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER, BOTTLE OR UNIT DOSE or will not be dispensed and may be discarded.
Students should be sent to school in good general health and cleanliness and be properly fed and rested. Frequently children complain of a headache, stomachache or sore throat before going to school, placing the parent in a dilemma as to whether the child is ill or just ‘nervous’ about an upcoming event. Certainly if your child has had diarrhea, vomiting or a temperature greater than 100° he/she should be kept home. The temperature of your child must be less than 100° for a 24hour period, without giving medication to control the temperature, before sending him/her back to school. Parents should not send their child to school if they have a contagious illness (such at pink eye, chicken pox, head lice or scabies). If you are unsure, please accompany your child to the office of the school nurse between 8:00 and 8:30am, and the determination will be made at that time. Caution must be exercised to not exceed the allowable absences, 6 absences per semester. The District allows 6 absences before a student will need to have a doctor’s slip.
Below are medical, dental, eye and authorization forms for parents and guardians to print off for their convenience.
IESA/IHSA Physical (Sports Physical)
IL Child Health Form (School Physical)
(Required for ECE, Pre-K, K, 6th, & 9th grade students)
Asthma Form (allows student to carry & use inhaler)
(allows student to take medication at school)
Miles of Smiles
Miles of Smiles, Ltd. provides preventative dental services (exam, cleaning, fluoride varnish, and sealants if needed) at your school to eligible children in all grades. This satisfies the Illinois State mandated dental examination requirement for school children (Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades).
If your child should be found with head lice or nits he/she will be sent home for treatment. Treatment Includes:
- Shampoo, lotion or cream rinse pediculicide to be used as directed. It is recommended that you shampoo again within 7-10 days to kill any lice that may have survived the treatment.
- Comb out the nits over a trash can or towel.
- Wash all recently worn clothing and bedding or stuffed animals in hot water.
- Any items that cannot tolerate hot water should be bagged up tightly for 2 weeks.
- All carpets, rugs, cloth car seats and furniture should be vacuumed and discard the bag.
Vision & Hearing Screening
The school years are an important period in a child’s life. During this time, children are introduced to the world of learning and they begin to acquire vital social skills. Development in both these areas can be inhibited, however, if a child’s vision or hearing is impaired. That is why it is so important for children to be screened regularly for vision and hearing loss.
Sandoval Health & Safety Tips Links
Reference information from links below – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. – Washington, D.C. 20201
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Get everyday actions for preventing the flu; learn about the symptoms and treatment for those with the flu virus. Find a place near you to get a flu shot; all ages should be vaccinated this year.
Get alerts on life-saving food recalls and helpful tips for keeping food safe, from the trusted source for food safety information from the federal government.
Find state-specific information about health insurance coverage for children under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Find information and resources on the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) – a broad group of developmental disorders characterized by impaired social interactions, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, or severely limited activities and interests.
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