Phone (847) 251-6754 ext 6202
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Welcome! This page will provide you with helpful reminders and information during the school year.
Illness: This is the time of year when we see increased illness in our community. In order to increase awareness, communicable illness notices are now sent to the entire grade level of the impacted classroom. Enhanced cleaning is completed in those classrooms with reported communicable illness.
Frequent, proper hand washing remains a first line of defense in the prevention and transmission of illness.
Did you know that the CDC recommends washing your hands with soap for no less than 20 seconds each time?
Important Reminder: Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and Transfer Student dental exam reports or waivers are due no later than May 15, 2017. You can obtain a copy of the form here:
Dental Exam Form
Outdoor Education health forms have been distributed to 4th grade families.
Please complete and return your student’s form as soon as possible.
If your student will have medication at Outdoor Ed:
- Medications should be delivered to the Harper Health Office where they will be kept securely until Outdoor Ed.
- Over-the-counter medication must be in its original, sealed container marked with your child’s name.
- Prescription medications must include the pharmacy label. If the dose to be given at Outdoor Ed differs from what is specified on the label, a physician’s note indicating the preferred dose is required.
Outdoor Ed Health Form
We have seen a significant drop in the incidence of lice this winter--this is primarily in thanks to you! We truly appreciate your continued diligence 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
Safe Phone: 847-251-6754
Please call the safe phone to report any absence or late arrival to school. Notifying your child’s teacher does not replace a call to the safe phone. Thank you for your partnership in this important safety measure!
District 39 General Health Information: