school health issuesSchool Health Issues

 Health News and Events (10/13/15)

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  Allergies (7/29/15)

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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/AED Training for Students (8/6/15)

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/Wind Chill

  • Wind Chill and Heat Index Charts PDF format
    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.
  • Irregular Days Policy

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 Home/Hospital Instruction

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School Health Notices

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School Health Resources

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Sexual Health Education (10/13/15)

  • 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:
  • Listing of Risk Reduction Evidence-based Behavioral Interventions (EBI) for Youth PDF File
  • Listing of Effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs PDF File
  • Upcoming Webinar: Training for Middle School and High School Health Teachers - Oct. 22 new

  • Advocates for Youth is offering a free, two hour webinar: Sexual Health Education Curriculum Selection: Making an Informed Choice, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 12:30 pm Central Time.  During this webinar the key components recommended to begin the process for curriculum selection will be discussed. Advocates for Youth is an approved partner in the ISBE and CDC collaborative grant to improve sexual health education in Illinois schools. Click here to register
  • 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
  • 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.

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State Laws/Statutes and Rules/Regulations (11/5/15)

  • 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 File (8/15)
  • IDPH Laws and Administrative Rules
  • Reports of Communicable Disease new: 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

    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 25- Educator Licensure - Endorsement for School Nurses (Parts 25.200; 25.215; 25.245; 25.710; 25.800; 25.Appendix E)
  • Part 226- Special Education - Medical Reviews (Part 226.160; 226.850)
  • Request for Designation to Complete Medical Reviews by RNs Without  PEL as School Nurse (Form 34-46A)(11/15)
  • Special Education Medical Review Training for RNs
  •  Renewal Information

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 Training Opportunities (10/2/15)

  • SY 2015-2016 Special Education Course for Registered Nurses PDF File – (pursuant to 226.160 Special Education, Medical Review) (9/30/15) updated
  • 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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