school health issuesSchool Health Issues

 Health News and Events (6/1/15)

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  Allergies (Updated 5/28/15)

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The Illinois High School Association has a variety of resources on concussions on its website at Check under “Recent Announcements” for the latest, including guidelines for management of concussion in sports and a video on the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Concussion Risk Program.

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 CPR Training for Students

A student who has been shown a video on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may be in a better position to save a life in school, at home or in the community. Public Act 097-0714, effective June 28, 2012, recommends such training for students in grades 6 through 8 as part of the school’s safety education curriculum. Schools may choose to but are not required to provide this training. The training in “hands only” CPR and in the use of automated external defibrillator (AED) may be met through a free video provided to schools courtesy of the Northwestern University Department of Emergency Medicine. The video has the endorsement of Illinois State Board of Education, the American Heart Association and other community health agencies.

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Additional Diabetes Resources

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  Eye Health

Vision screening is required annually on all children in special education, children new to the district, and teacher/parent referrals. Vision screening is also required beginning at age 3 in all licensed daycare/preschool programs. Once a child begins school, vision screening is required in grades K, 2 and 8.

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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.

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 Heat-Related Illness

 Immunization (Updated 4/1/15)

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  School Health Notices

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  School Health Resources

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  Sex Education

Public Act 98-0441 requires schools that teach sex education in any of grades 6 through 12 to include instruction in both abstinence and contraception, and to teach with materials that are evidence-based and medically accurate. The Act also requires ISBE to provide a listing of resources to assist schools to secure or develop or adapt instructional materials in sex education that comply with the law, effective January 1, 2014. ISBE is currently reviewing many available programs and adaptations, in consultation with Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the CDC.

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:

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.

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:

  1. Go to
  2. Select the training and create your account. (Choose “Other” if you work with multiple schools.).
  3. Take the brief pre-training survey, followed by the training (can be completed in one or multiple sittings).
  4. Please also take the post training survey to assist in the program evaluation.
  5. Print your certificate of completion.

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  State Laws/Statutes and Rules/Regulations (Updated 4/22/15)

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 Training Opportunities (Updated 6/1/15)

  • Workshop for RNs Working in Schools - August 3-4 or August 5-6, 2015
    A workshop for registered nurses working in schools is scheduled for Aug. 3-4 or Aug. 5-6 at Lewis University’s Oak Brook campus. The event is intended for RNs who do not hold an ISBE license as a school nurse. The content serves as a basic orientation to school nursing. ISBE-licensed school nurses may also want to attend as a refresher. Nursing contact hours totaling 11.75 hours may be awarded. For more information and registration, contact Linda Gibbons at or (630) 564-2396.
  • SY 2015-2016 Special Education Course for Registered Nurses PDF File – (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 –

    •  Millikin University, Decatur –

    •  University of Illinois at Chicago –

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