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This area of the website provides information and guidance in regard to the physical health of students. Trainings, information about specific school health issues, classroom management and student and family resources are found here.​

 Training Opportunities

  • IDPH Back to School Webinar
    School staff who have responsibility for assuring that students meet the health requirements for school attendance may listen to this webinar offered by staff from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Topics discussed include the schedule of required immunizations, including medical or religious waivers; the requirements of the child health examination (physical exam), including what constitutes a fully compliant exam; screenings for vision and hearing by qualified screeners; lead screening; screening for communicable diseases, the conditions under which a child may be lawfully excluded from school attendance, and new laws or regulations related to student or staff health over which IDPH has jurisdiction. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) offering 1.25 contact hours will be emailed to those attending the recorded event through November 1, 2019 and complete the evaluation no later than November 8, 2019. The recorded webinar and slides will remain available for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. 
  • ISBE Back to School Webinar​
    School staff who have responsibility for assuring that both students and staff meet health requirements may attend a training offered by staff from the Illinois State Board of Education Wellness Team. Topics discussed include health requirements for school attendance; the health examination and/or immunization requirement of school staff; required health data reporting; health evaluations for special education; legislative briefs; School Code & Administrative rules related to health; whole child framework, and other topics. A continuing Nursing Education (CNE) offering 1.25 contact hours will be emailed to those attending the recorded event through November 1, 2019 and completing the evaluation survey no later than November 8, 2019. The recording and slides will remain available for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. 
  • Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in Illinois can earn 1.5 CNE by viewing this webinar. A link to an evaluation survey is included in the broadcast; the link must be copied into a browser to access the survey. Participants who view the entire presentation and provide an evaluation will be sent a certificate of award for 1.5 CNE via email.
  • 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, which is the required license to perform all the duties of school nurse as defined in Illinois School Code.
    These programs to prepare registered nurses to obtain professional educator licensure endorsed for school nursing are currently taking applications:

 School Health Notices

  • Zika Virus Guidance for District and School Administrators

    The Centers for Disease Control has developed interim guidance for grade K-12 district and school administrators for public health actions pertaining to the Zika virus infection. This guidance is intended to address concerns about the risk for Zika virus infection in K–12 schools and provide school districts with information for planning school-related activities, and recommend actions that can be taken, in consultation with local public health authorities and government officials, to reduce the potential risk for Zika virus transmission on school premises and among students.​

    To view the Zika virus guidance, please visit www.cdc.gov/zika/schools.html

  • Ebola Guidance Available for Schools

    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 Resources

 State Laws/Statutes and Rules/Regulations

  • Bike Walk Education in Schools Act (HB 4799)
    The Illinois General Assembly amended the School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-23.11), effective July 1, 2018, to require K-8 public schools in the state to provide instruction, study, and discussion of effective methods for the prevention and avoidance of traffic injuries related to walking and bicycling.

    The bill does not specify how districts shall provide this instruction; instead, it directs school boards to adopt a policy that is appropriate for their local context.

    Resources for Policy Development and Implementation
    Policy development and adoption are ultimately up to the local school board, but here are some free resources to assist in planning and implementing such policies:
    • Active Transportation Alliance is an advocacy organization that works to improve community conditions regarding pedestrian safety and transit.
    • Colorado Department of Transportation has developed some bicycling and pedestrian lesson plans that are aligned to multiple subject/content areas for K-8 grade levels.
    • National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization aimed at eliminating preventable deaths in all aspects of life. These include, among numerous other areas, bicycling and pedestrian advocacy and education.
    • Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a national network of organizations and groups dedicated to advancing policy regarding safe routes to school.
    • U.S. Department of Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of people on the country’s roads.
  • Child Health Examination Code - IDPH Rules (77 IL Administrative Code 665)
  • ISBE Guidance 15-6 (P.A. 98-0632): Non-regulatory guidance on the requirement to provide training on CPR and AED in all secondary schoolsPDF Document
  • IDPH Laws and Administrative Rules
    • Reports of Communicable Disease: Some illnesses are so serious that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires health care providers (including nurses working in schools) to report to the state health department any suspected or confirmed cases of certain diseases. For a poster of those reportable diseases and conditions go to reportable-diseases-poster.pdfPDF Document.

      Federal and state laws protecting student privacy normally require written parental release of information to any entities outside of the school system. However, some threats to health and safety are great enough that federal law (FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) allow written consent to release to be waived. Obtaining parental permission for release is preferable, and parents should be notified that the release will be made. The Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have agreed in principle that for diseases that are required to be reported “immediately” [Class I(a)] or “within 24 hours” [Class I(b)] schools may release the student’s identity and other necessary information without written parental release. Any reportable illnesses that fall under a longer reporting time period than 24 hours must be accompanied by written parental consent. If the parent does not consent to release information on conditions requiring reporting beyond the 24-hour timeline, school nurses and other school officials may remind other health care providers outside of school, including physicians, hospitals, and laboratories, that they also are mandated to report the case to the state health department and they are protected by the regulations for HIPAA (Health Insurance and Portability Act) when doing so. Schools in general are not subject to nor protected by HIPAA; educational entities and personnel are required to follow regulations in FERPA and ISSRA (Illinois School Students Records Act) when releasing educational (including student health) information to persons or entities outside of the school system.
  • School Nurse Licensure
    • Administrative Rules
      • Part 25PDF Document - Educator Licensure - Endorsement for School Nurses (Parts 25.200; 25.215; 25.245; 25.710; 25.800; 25.Appendix E)
      • Part 226PDF Document - Special Education - Medical Reviews (Part 226.160; 226.850)
        • Special Education Medical Review
    • Renewal Information​​​

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