Nurse

Stefanie Klein
Nurse

Email kleins@wilmette39.org
Phone (847) 512-6202
Safe Phone -(847) 512-6250
Fax (847) 251-4176

Welcome to the Harper School Health Office web page!

It’s that time of year…Illness:

With the change in seasons, we are seeing the usual increase in illness! We truly appreciate your partnership as we strive to support our students to remain as healthy as possible. Please remember, children may return to school once they are 24-hours fever-free without use of medication, and 24-hours free of vomiting or diarrhea.

Thank you for continuing to report communicable illness; when a report is received, a grade level notification letter is generated. The custodial staff also performs an enhanced cleaning of the affected room. All students at Harper are regularly encouraged to wash their hands and cover their coughs. If you have any questions about which illnesses to report, or general questions regarding whether your child is well enough for school, please don’t hesitate to contact the school nurse or your pediatrician’s office.

Vision and Hearing Screening – January 24-26:

Each year, Wilmette Public Schools conduct vision and hearing screenings in the state-mandated grade levels K, 1, 2 and 3, as well as new students to the District, students with IEPs and special education students. The screenings at Harper are planned on January 24, 25, and 26.

This is a mass screening to detect academically significant vision and hearing problems. There are certain visual or eye problems which will not be detected in a screening program; therefore, it should NOT be considered a substitute for a professional eye examination. Students with corrective lenses will not be screened but should have their glasses with them for visual inspection. If your child is under the regular care of an eye doctor, please submit a current eye examination form if you have not done so already.

Referral letters are sent to the parents of students who fail the vision or hearing screening twice.

If you would like your child to opt-out of vision and/or hearing screening, please request the opt-out in writing to kleins@wilmette39.org at least one week prior to the screening.

2nd Grade Dental Forms:

All 2nd grade students are required to provide proof of dental exam no later than May 15, 2017. Exams completed from 11/15/2016-present are acceptable. The State of Illinois Proof of Dental Examination form can be found here:

http://wilmette39.org/for_parents/health_information

Required health forms for kindergarten and transfers students:

The following forms are now due for all kindergarten students and students transferring to D39:

State of Illinois Certification of Child Health Examination (please be sure to complete and sign the health history section of this form; it is otherwise considered incomplete)

State of Illinois Proof of Dental Exam

State of Illinois Eye Examination Report

Unsure if you’ve submitted your child’s forms? Contact Stefanie Klein, Harper School Nurse, kleins@wilmette39.org

Emergency Action Plans and Medications for the 2017/2018 School Year:

For those students with food allergies, a new Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan is due on the first day of school of each school year; please submit this form along with your child’s emergency medication. A copy of the form can be found here:

http://www.wilmette39.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_360846/File/Parents/Health%20Information/EmergencyActionPlan.pdf

D39 requires a current Asthma Action Plan for those students who keep a bronchodilator at school. A sample plan for home and school can be found here:

http://www.wilmette39.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_360846/File/Parents/Health%20Information/sample_asthma_plan.pdf

A current Medication Authorization form is required to accompany any medication (other than an Epinephrine auto injector already covered by an emergency action plan).

A blank form can be found here:

http://www.wilmette39.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_360846/File/Parents/Health%20Information/Medical_Authorization.pdf

District 39 General Health Information:

http://www.wilmette39.org/cms/one.aspx?portalid=360930&pageid=899165

Head Lice:

Prevention begins at home! Although head lice do not pose a health hazard, we recognize the concern and stress lice can produce for many families.

  • As of the 2016-2017 school year D39 schools do not perform class-wide lice screenings, a decision based largely on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/135/5/e1355.full#content-bloc
  • D39 currently emails notification of lice in the classroom with a minimum of one reported case of lice or nits.
  • When a case of lice is reported, the custodial staff performs an appropriate cleaning of the room. Teachers are asked to launder or contain pillows or upholstered furniture per recommended protocol.
  • Repeated and regular thorough checks at home are the best line of defense in addressing head lice. The egg-to-egg life cycle of the louse is approximately 17-26 days: the egg (nit) typically hatches in 7-12 days; the nymph matures over 9-12 days; the mature female lays eggs 1-2 days after maturation. A single check is not sufficient.
  • The nurse is always available to check individual students who are symptomatic; students found to have nits or lice are sent home per D39 policy and may return once they are treated and lice/nit free. The nurse also checks siblings and identified close contacts of students with lice.
  • Professional (vs. home) identification and treatment of lice is by parental choice and is not required. Home treatment is a proven successful option; your pediatrician can make recommendations about preferred over-the-counter or prescription strength home treatments. It is critical to follow home treatment instructions from start to finish; incomplete treatment will likely result in re-infestation.
  • Securing long hair in a braid/ponytail/bun during a period of exposure in the classroom will further minimize the risk of transmission. Lice do not jump or fly; they are transmitted by close head-to-head contact. They also do not live off the body for a period longer than 1-2 days. Please encourage your children not to share hats, scarves, brushes, or hair accessories.
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health provides excellent information about the transmission and detection of lice, including a recommended 14-day treatment plan: Head Lice Brochure.pdf

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