District 229 recognizes that an individual's education and growth is related to their physical, mental and emotional well being. The Nurse's Office is staffed by a full-time certified school nurse, part-time nurse, and part-time secretary. At OLCHS, the school nurses strive to promote the health and safety of our students in school, at home, and in the community. Whether your child has a medical condition, short-term illness or injury, please do not hesitate to contact us.
"You cannot educate a child who is not healthy, and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated."-Jocelyn Elders MD, former Surgeon General
Daily direct nursing services include illness/injury assessment and intervention, emergency care, medication administration, and health counseling. Vision and hearing screenings, physical and immunization compliance, and other public health mandates are also managed by the Nurse's Office. Vision and hearing screenings will be scheduled annually, throughout the school year, for students receiving Special Education services.
Except in the case of an emergency, a student must have a timed pass from his/her current period teacher before coming to the Nurse's Office. As a general rule students may not rest in the Nurse's Office for a full academic period. A student with a medical condition (e.g. Asthma, Diabetes) should be known to the Nurse's Office prior to the student entering school. It is the parent's responsibility to notify the nurse and appropriate staff if their son/daughter ever experiences a mental, physical, or emotional condition that may limit them from full participation in a class and/or extra-curricular activity. Parents should report such conditions, describe potential dangers, and specify the limitations caused by such conditions. To provide for safe daily care and emergency procedures, such health information gathered from health records will be sensitively shared with faculty and staff members with whom the student has contact, in accordance with HIPPA and FERPA regulations and verbal authorization by the parents/guardians.
Medication should be limited to those required during school hours which are necessary to maintain the student in school and those needed in case of an emergency. If a student requires any prescription or non-prescription medication, during the school day, a Permission Form for Prescribed Medication must be completed by a physician and parent/guardian. This form should be completed every school year, regardless if the script remains the same.
Attention Incoming Seniors: The new law, Public Act 90-0607, now requires students entering 12 grade to receive the meningoccocal conjugate vaccine, in accordance with the recommendations of the CDC. The immunization requirement consists of one dose of the MCV4 vaccine if it was administered to a child who was 16 years of age or older. Two doses are required of the MCV4 vaccine, if the first vaccine was administered to a child who was less than 16 years of age. To avoid any school exclusion in the Fall please show proof of compliance with this new mandate. Take this 12th Grade Health Requirement Letter to your doctor's appointment and turn in the completed form to the Nurse's Office.
Attention Incoming Freshmen: Per Illinois State requirements, all incoming 9th grade students must turn in a physical and complete immunization record before registration may be finalized. Refer to this Health Requirement Letter for specifics.
Transfer Students: Per Illinois School Code, it is mandatory that all new and/or transfer students, who were not previously examined for a 9th grade physical in Illinois, have a physical examination completed with verification of the minimum immunizations on file 30 days after the student's first day in attendance. Refer to this New Student Requirement Letter for more information.
IL Child Health Examination Form: Mandated physical form to be completed by physician for entrance into 9th grade.
IL Eye Examination Report Form: Required exam for all new students to the state of Illinois.
Permission Form for Prescribed Medication: Required for any and all medication (including over-the-counter) to be administered during school hours per District 229 policy (Student Parent Handbook, p. 15) and in accordance with ISBE's Rules on Medication Authorization in Schools.
Contract for Self-Carried Medication Form: To be completed for inhaler/Epi-pen/Insulin to be carried by student, all students must have a "Permission Form for Prescribed Medication" completed to accompany this contract.
Asthma Action Plan Form: To be completed for students with Asthma. To be accompanied by Permission Form for Prescribed Medication (e.g. inhaler) and/or the Contract for Self Carried Medication form.
Food Allergy Action Plan Form: To be completed for students with severe food allergies. To be accompanied by Permission Form for Prescribed Medication (e.g. EpiPen), and/or the Contract for Self-Carried Medication.
Seizure Action Plan Form: To be completed for students with a seizure disorder. To be accompanied by Permission Form for Prescribed Medication, if emergency medication prescribed (e.g. Diastat).
Diabetes Medical Management Plan: This plan should be completed by the student's personal diabetes health care team. To be accompanied by Permission Form for Prescribed Medication (e.g. Insulin), and/or the Contract for Self-Carried Medication (e.g. Glucagon).
Mrs. Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN
(Endorsed School Nurse-Head Nurse)
Mrs. Adrianne Gannon
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OLCHS' Nurse's Office is an affiliate community health site for Saint Xavier University's School of Nursing (SXU). Our school nurse, Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN has served as a preceptor for SXU nursing students for over a year now. Katherine Flaherty, current SXU senior nursing student, and Mrs. Barrera are running a second session of a Diabetes Group that began on January 21, 2016 with guest speakers arranged from the community, including a Dietician, medical residents and a repeat visit from the Medical Director of Kidney Transplants from Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Pictured: Katherine Flaherty-SXU student (left), Stella Yoon-Medical Student, Dr. Sarwat Shaheen, MD, Dr. Katharine Parker, DO, Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN-OLCHS Nurse (far right).
Pictured: Saint Xavier Nursing Students Katherine Flaherty (left) and Emily Zioncheck (right) with their posters related to their Community Health Project at OLCHS. Pictures taken at the School of Nursing Scholarship Day at SXU, held on 4/11/16.
The Nurse's Office partnered with Walgreens to host a successful Meningitis Vaccine Clinic on 4/26/16 in the Dance Studio!
Pictured: Emily Zioncheck, Saint Xavier University Nursing Student (middle); John Bolaños, Walgreen's Pharmacist (right).