School Health Issues
- ISBE Guidance: Self-Administration and Self-Carry of Medications for Asthma and Allergy (PA 98-0795)(updated 5/15)
- CDC Toolkit for Managing Food Allergies in Schools(4/15)
Free Epi-Pen® to schools who have physician orders for stock epinephrineThe Illinois Emergency Epinephrine Act, PA97-0361, allows schools to stock a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors, authorizes schools to enter into an agreement with a physician to provide the school with a prescription to obtain the auto-injectors, and gives school nurses (RN) the power to administer the epinephrine to any student whom the registered nurse believes is having an anaphylactic reaction.
Mylan© Pharmaceuticals has agreed to provide free epinephrine auto-injectors (Epi-Pen®) again this school year to all schools that have a standing order for this emergency drug. The program requirements are: 1) school must have a doctor’s order for the use of this drug and 2) a representative of the school or district must sign the order form. The instructions and order forms can be accessed at www.epipen4schools.com
The Illinois Attorney General's office and other agencies and associations last year produced the “Physician’s Toolkit”, which among other objectives, can assist a physician in writing the school prescription. The “toolkit” also answers physician questions on liability.
- EpiPen (epinephrine) Guidance (PA97-0361) - Illinois Attorney General's Office
- Food Allergy Guidelines and Resources
- FDA Recommends to Discontinue Use of GenStrip Blood Glucose Test Strips (4/29/14)
- Insulin Administration Chart - Word Format PDF Format
The insulin administration chart is provided to you as stated in PA 096-1485 - Care of Students with Diabetes Act, “A diabetes care plan shall include a uniform record of glucometer readings and insulin administered by the school nurse or delegated care aide during the school day using a standardized format provided by the State Board of Education.” The carbohydrate intake may be determined by any person trained in counting carbohydrates, including the child.
- Public Act 93-0530—An explanation of PA 93-0530 Diabetes Risk Assessment
- Public Act 097-0819—Diabetes Awareness Day
- Diabetes Risk Assessment—A Memorandum from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) explaining the enforcement of PA 93-0530 Diabetes Risk Assessment
Additional Diabetes Resources
- American Diabetes Association
- Diabetes Public Health Resource
- Lilly Glucagon Training Kit – 1-800-545-5979
- Novo Nordisk Glucagon Training Kit – 1-800-727-06500
- Pediatric Diabetes Education
- Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes - There are lists of related child and adolescent health topics on this page.
- Type 2 Diabetes - Healthline: A comprehensive overview
Synthetic Drug Information:
Hearing screening is required annually on all children in special education, children new to the district, and teacher/parent referrals. Hearing screening is also required beginning at age 3 in all licensed daycare/preschool programs. Once a child begins school, hearing screening is required at grades K, 1, 2 and 3.
- Medical Certification for Home/Hospital Instruction (ISBE Form 34-58)– This optional form may be used to document medical need for home or hospital instruction.
- Request to waive immunizations or physical examinations due to religious beliefs (Public Act 99-0249) (8/18/15)
- Back-to-School Immunization Guidance and Best Practices, Fall 2015(8/18/15)
- Guidelines Applicable to Medical Immunization and/or Examination Exemptions - Under Revision
- State education and health agencies issue reminder for immunizations as students prepare for new school year (7/29/15)
- 2015-2016 Minimum Immunization Requirements for School Entry (3/15)
All children entering any Illinois school or preschool beginning August 2015 will need to show proof of vaccination against several diseases. This chart lists all the required vaccines for child care facilities, preschool, early childhood, pre-kindergarten, and grades kindergarten through 12 for students entering school during the 15-16 school year. Students beyond grade 12 but still enrolled in an Illinois school containing grade 12 are to meet the same requirements as 12th graders.
- Health examination and immunization requirements for school attendance
- Reminder: Modifications to HIPAA Rule Regarding Immunization Information (8/13)
- Immunization School Survey Results
- Childhood Lead Poisoning
- Illinois Lead Program (IDPH)
- Lead Questionnaire —The Childhood Lead Risk Assessment Questionnaire for Lead Poisoning Screening - includes High Risk Zip Codes (6/07)
- High Risk Zip Codes—The Pediatric Lead Poisoning High Risk Zip Code Areas for 2005 distributed by the IDPH
- Ebola Guidance Available for Schools (12/23/14)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance "Addressing Ebola Virus Infection Concerns in K-12 Schools: Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators". For more information, visit the CDC website.
ISBE participates on the Ebola Task Force led by the state health department to monitor the outbreak and provide information. For more information about what Illinois is doing to combat the spread of Ebola visit the IDPH website.
- IDPH Guidance for Schools: Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections
- School Health Topics A-Z
- 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results for Illinois Released (CDC - June 2014)
The YRBS monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among high school students—behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity—plus the prevalence of asthma and obesity. To view national data visit http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm
In Illinois contact Jessica Gerdes, principal consultant, school health at JGerdes@isbe.net
- Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan (12/12)
- Carrying Backpacks: Physical Effects (ISBE 6/06)
- Illinois Enhanced P.E. Strategic Plan (8/12)
- Medication Administration in Schools - Recommended Guidelines
- MRSA Infections
- What's New in School Health Services and Health Education - Applications for Special Education PowerPoint Presentation (8/14)
- Wind Chill and Heat Index Charts
Students should be encouraged to engage in physical activity year-round, including winter, when they are adequately protected from exposure to extreme weather. Attached is a chart, created by Iowa Department of Public Health and distributed nationally, which may help school districts decide when to limit outdoor play and other activities. The chart explains both wind chill and heat index and is based on information provided to Iowa DPH by the US National Weather Service. To be most useful, the chart, if printed, should be printed in color.
Although health teachers must implement the Illinois Learning Standards for physical development and health, health teachers are also advised to review the CDC’s standards on health education, found at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sher/standards/.
Offered here are two links to documents from the CDC that provide a listing of evidence-based instruction in HIV prevention and in pregnancy prevention.
- Listing of Risk Reduction Evidence-based Behavioral Interventions (EBI) for Youth
- Listing of Effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Staff Training to Support Safe and Supportive Environments Related to Sex Education:The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided to ISBE funding to support sex education and the creation and maintenance of safe and supportive environments for all students, including those who have different sexual identities from the heterosexual norm. As part of the project, ISBE encourages all school staff to learn skills to provide students with such safety and support. Step In Speak Up! – Supporting LGBTQ Students is a free training offered by Illinois Department of Public Health. The training is self-paced and has proven effective in assisting school staff to create and maintain safe and supportive environments for such students.
To take the online training:
- Go to http://illinois.kognito.com/.
- Select the training and create your account. (Choose “Other” if you work with multiple schools.).
- Take the brief pre-training survey, followed by the training (can be completed in one or multiple sittings).
- Please also take the post training survey to assist in the program evaluation.
- Print your certificate of completion.
- Bullying Resources
- “Residential Treatment for Youth With Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Parents and Guardians”
- Comprehensive System of Learning Supports
- School Health Services and Health Education - What's New? Applications for Special Education Presentation (8/14)
- Section 504 on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Special Education Course for Registered Nurses(pursuant to 226.160 Special Education, Medical Review)
- SY 2015-2016 Special Education Course for Registered Nurses – (pursuant to 226.160 Special Education, Medical Review) (4/15)
- Certification in School Nursing
Registered Nurses who are interested in obtaining a certificate that may lead to a school nurse license issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may contact these universities that are currently accepting students into the program. The programs are approved by the State Education Professional Licensure Board (SEPLB) to prepare Registered Nurses (R.N.) to obtain Professional Educator License, endorsed in school nursing.
The programs prepare registered nurses to obtain professional educator licensure endorsed for school nursing. The other programs are
• Lewis University, Romeoville/Oak Brook – email@example.com
• Millikin University, Decatur – firstname.lastname@example.org
• University of Illinois at Chicago – email@example.com.