If my child feels sick at school, what is the procedure he/she should follow?
Your student needs a hall pass from the teacher whose class he will be missing. Once obtained, your student may come to the nurse’s office and his health complaint will be assessed. Oftentimes your student may only need to rest for a short time before returning to class. Should your student have a temperature of 100 degrees or more, you will be notified for permission to send your student home. Your student will receive a purple slip to exit the building, and you can pull up to the main entrance to pick up your child. It is in the best interest of your student to be in attendance, so every effort is made to keep the student in school.
With the technology that is now permitted in school, please help your student understand they need to check in with the nurse if they are not feeling well. If you get a text or a call from them, please redirect them to the school nurse first for a health assessment. One of the nurses will contact you if necessary. You are always welcome to contact us as well. The student will not be permitted to leave the school and be excused without following this process.
Can my child come to school with a fever?
A fever is considered to be a temperature 100 degrees or higher. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without having received medicine (i.e. Tylenol, Advil, etc.) before returning to school.
My child has been sick for several days. How do I get his homework? You may request homework for your sick child by contacting the counselor or emailing the teachers directly. Please allow at least one day to gather the homework. Homework may be picked up in the dean’s office.
What is “pink eye” and does my child need to stay home?
“Pink eye” or conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the thin, clear membrane that covers the white of the eye and inside surface of the eyelids. It is most often caused by a virus, but can be caused by a bacterial infection, allergies, or a chemical irritation. Conjunctivitis is fairly easily spread IF you come in contact with the tears or eye discharge of the infected person and then touch your own eye. Best practice is to avoid touching your eyes and wash your hands frequently. If you wear contact lenses, it is imperative that you wash your hands before you touch your eyes or your lenses.
Students with conjunctivitis are not mandated to stay home. The student may have sensitivity to bright light, swollen eyelids, eye discomfort and/or discharge and find it more comfortable to stay at home. A warm compress or lubrication eye drops may provide comfort. Viral conjunctivitis usually clears on its own with no treatment. Other kinds of conjunctivitis may have prescribed eye treatments.
**Discard eye make-up that was used when conjunctivitis was present.
My daughter suffers from menstrual cramps. I hate her to miss school. What can we do?
There are a couple of solutions. Her family doctor can prescribe a medication for her cramps (non-prescription or prescription) and the medication can be kept in the nurse’s office. The nurse needs the doctor’s order and the parent needs to supply the medication. Please inform your daughter that she should not be carrying medication in her backpack or purse. Oftentimes, female students gain relief from menstrual cramps by using a heating pad which is available for use in the nurse’s office.
My child has a chronic illness that may cause missed school days or physical education restrictions. Do I need a new doctor’s note every year?
YES! At the start of each school year, please have your child’s doctor write a note stating what the health concern is and what impact this may have on the child’s school day. Included in this note might be restrictions or limitations regarding physical education.
Can my child take his or her own Tylenol or Advil at school?
NO! School policy dictates that ALL medication is dispensed by the school nurse. A doctor’s order is needed in order for your child to receive over-the-counter, non-prescription medication and prescription medication during school hours.
The medication authorization form (English & Spanish) are available in the forms section at the top of this page.
The only medications a student can carry are an inhaler, an Epi pen or diabetic supplies.
What do I do if the doctor orders a medication to be taken during the school day?
First have the doctor complete the medication form (see above question) or have him or her fax the doctor’s order to the nurse at 847-388-4803. Bring the medication to the nurse in the appropriately labeled container from the doctor or pharmacy. The student then needs to come to the nurse’s office at the scheduled time to receive the medication.
My child was injured over the weekend and is using crutches. How can he safely travel through the hallways?
Upon return to school, the student should report to the nurse’s office. He will receive a pass to leave class 5 minutes early. If needed, he will be issued an elevator key if his classes are upstairs or downstairs. The key is kept until the student can manage the stairs and must then be returned to the nurse. A $25 fee will be applied to the student's account if the key is not returned.
The doctor ordered my child to be out of physical education for a period of time. Who does this note go to?
Any doctor’s note regarding physical education initially goes to the school nurse. The physical education teacher, counselor, and coach will be informed of the start and stop date of the waiver.
Students New to MHS
What are the health requirements of an incoming 9th grader (freshman)?
Illinois requires all entering 9th grade students to have a complete physical examination with all immunizations up to date. Please use the Illinois “Certificate of Child Health Examination” new for 2015 (download form here). This requirement must be met prior to the start of school in August. If you are unable to meet this requirement, please present an appointment card with the date of the physical exam. REMEMBER….this physical exam will be acceptable for any sport at MHS for one year from the date it is completed. A “sports physical” however, is NOT acceptable as the entry level physical for the school. If you do not have a recent record of your child’s immunization, the junior high school health office will have a copy of your child’s 5/6th grade physical with all the immunizations listed.
My child is transferring to MHS from another state/country. What do they need for health requirements?
If your child’s previous high school required a physical examination, then that exam will suffice for MHS if all pertinent areas are documented. A sport’s physical will not be accepted. If the previous high school did not require a high school physical exam, we ask that you present to the school a record of your child’s immunizations at the time of registration. Your child has 30 days to complete the health requirement of having an updated physical examination with all immunizations.
Does my freshman student who wants to do sports need a “sports physical?"
No. The required physical examination for all 9th graders will serve as the sports physical for one year from the date it was completed.
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