– does my student need one?
Illinois state law requires a current physical and proof of up to date immunizations for all student within one year prior to entering ninth grade. Physical exams must be on file prior the first day of school. If a physical examination is not on file by the first day of school, the student will be excluded. This exclusion shall begin immediately and shall remain in effect until the student is in compliance.
- Students transferring from within Illinois have no grace period and are expected to be in compliance with Illinois School Code upon entry into Lyons Township High School and will not be allowed to begin school without meeting the physical exam and immunization requirements.
- Students transferring from out of state or out of the country have a 30 day grace period from enrollment date to be in compliance with Illinois School Code.
Vision and Hearing Screening– are all students screened?
Vision and hearing screenings will be conducted annually on all Special Education students. Any student that is referred by a teacher or parent/guardian, and students new to the district will also be tested. These screenings are not a substitute for a complete examination by a physician. If your student has had a vision and/or hearing exam at a physician’s office within the past school year, and a report is on file at school, your child will not be required to undergo screenings. Parents and teachers will be notified, if the student fails a screening. For further information, or questions, please contact the school nurse.
Sports Physicals – does my student need one?
Students involved in sports through the school are required to have an annual physical on file in the health office. The physical examination is good for one year plus 30 days from the date on the exam. Students are not allowed to practice or participate in sports if they do not have a current physical on file in the health office. Free sports physicals are offered each spring after school at South Campus coordinated by school physician, Dr. James Harazin. Students are notified of the dates during PE classes, daily announcements, and the school calendar. For further information or questions, contact the school nurse or athletic office.
Medication Procedures – how can my student be provided medication if necessary?
It is not usually necessary for a student to take medication during the school day. However, there may be times when some students require medication in order to remain at school. It is the sole responsibility of the parent to give medications whenever possible on a schedule of before and after school hours. Most medications that are to be taken 3 times per day do not need to be given at school. Please talk to your physician about scheduling medication to avoid school hours whenever possible. Parent help and communication is essential for the safety of children who must receive medication while at school.
- All medications given at school, including over the counter medications must be prescribed by a physician. A separate School Medication Authorization Form must be completed each school year for each medication at school. This form is available by clicking on the link or they are available in the health office at each campus. The doctor and a parent or legal guardian must sign the form.
- Prescription medications must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the physician or pharmacy showing: student’s name, name of medication, dosage and schedule of administration, date, and the prescriber’s name. All medications will be stored in the health office in a locked cabinet. The school nurse or other designated school personnel shall administer all medications in the office where an administrative log will be kept.
- Over the counter medications must be in original containers.
- Students are not allowed to carry any medication on their person. The exception to this rule is per Public Act 094-0792, 5/19/2006, of the School Code, Self- Administration of medication. “A school, whether public or nonpublic, must permit the self-administration of medication by a pupil with asthma (an inhaler) or the use of an epinephrine auto-injector (epi-pen) by a pupil.” An asthma inhaler and/or an epi-pen are authorized for self-administration by the student’s physician and parent on the School Medication Authorization Form.
- Any change in medication dosage or administration shall have written authorization from the prescribing physician.
- No medications will be given at school that the child has not already received at home or under the supervision of the physician.
- All medication is to be taken to the health office at the beginning of the school day. All controlled substances must be brought in by parent/guardian.
- No medication will be given at school if the above guidelines are not met. In addition, the school may deny the request according to, but not limited to the following criteria: Student’s age, maturity level (both educationally and emotionally), type of medication and its side effects.
- All medications will be sent home with students on the last full day of school unless, in the nurse’s judgment, it is not wise to allow the student to transport the medicine or the parents make other arrangements with the nurse. Medication not sent home or picked up prior to the last full day of school will be disposed of.