To ensure that holiday parties and other classroom celebrations are safe for all students, please review the following expectations for classroom parties carefully.
The main focus of classroom parties should be on the activity or game that students are participating in. Please do not make the focus of a party the food and drinks.
It is imperative that allergens are NOT brought into classrooms of students who have known food allergies! Please note that allergens are not limited to peanuts or tree nuts, there are many other food allergies. Check with the teacher if you are unsure of the allergens in your child's class.
If food will be available at a party, please adhere to the following. All food and drink donations have to:
- Be communicated to room parents two weeks in advance
- Be store bought (nothing homemade)
- Have a detailed ingredient label submitted via photo or weblink to room parents
- Contain no allergens
Last minute food and drink submissions will not be accepted due to insufficient time to review them. Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
(ref. Board Policy 7:100)
- A physical exam must be completed within one year prior to preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and for new students entering the District from another state or country. This exam must be recorded on the Certificate of Child Health Examination form.
- The physical exam form must be signed and dated by your health care provider. The name, address and telephone number must be clearly written or stamped on the form.
- The health history section of the form must be completed, dated, and signed by the parent.
- Immunizations must be completed according to the schedule of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- All sections on the Certificate of Health Examination are to be completed (front and back).
All forms are due in the school office by the first day of school. No child will be permitted to attend school after October 14th unless they meet these health requirements. If you need assistance or explanation, please contact the school nurse.
Students transferring from out of state or country must present a physical exam completed within one year prior to Illinois school entrance on the Certificate of Child Health Examination form (or a comparable form), and must comply with the immunization schedule. All transfer students shall have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization requirements.
Please make your appointments early so your child’s health record is complete by the start of school. It is advisable to make copies of the form for your own records.
The state of Illinois requires that all children entering kindergarten, second, and sixth grade have a dental examination. The dental examination must be completed within 18 months prior to the May 15th deadline of each year. Proof of Dental Examination is due no later than May 15.
The state of Illinois requires proof of an eye examination by an optometrist or physician who provides complete eye examinations for kindergarten students, or for any student enrolling in an Illinois school for the first time. An Eye Examination Report must be submitted to the school no later than October 15th and must have been completed within one year prior to that date.
Illinois State law requires that students in kindergarten, second, and eighth grades, all new students, teacher or parent referrals, plus any students receiving special education services be screened annually for vision problems. Hearing screening is required for students in kindergarten, first, second and third grades, all students receiving special education services, new students, and teacher or parent referrals. Screening begins in the fall and continues through the year. You will be notified if the results indicate further evaluation is needed.
Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision examination by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.
Telephone the school office within one hour of the start of school if your child will be absent. Please report any communicable childhood diseases (e.g., chicken pox, impetigo, “strep” throat, conjunctivitis, etc.). The school will respect the privacy of the individual child, and may notify families of exposure to infectious disease.
DPM Grades 5/6: 847-615-4470 (press "1" to report an absence)
DPM Grades 7/8: 847-604-7400 (press "1" to report an absence)
How do I know if my child is sick enough to stay home from school?
Please use your best judgement or contact your child's physician.
Children who appear ill before school should not be sent to school so
that your child will be available for learning, and to control
communicable disease in school. It is also very important for you to
keep your child at home for the following reasons:
- A temperature of 100 or more. Your child should be fever-free
for 24 hours before returning to school, as many children experience a
recurrence of fever.
- Your child should be on antibiotics for 24 hours after a bacterial infection (such as strep throat, impetigo, conjunctivitis).
- Has vomited or has had persistent diarrhea during the night or in the morning.
Sports Physical Examinations
Physical examinations are required each year for students who are
participating in any interscholastic or intramural sports, after school
or on weekends. Sport physicals are good for only 395 days from the date
of the last examination, and must be on file in the school office
before the student will be allowed to participate.
If your child is planning to participate in any sports program
during the school year, it is required that the physical examination
form be completed before tryouts. Please bring the completed form to the
Please note: parents and students are also
required to review and return a signed copy of the Concussion
Information Form if the student will be participating in any
interscholastic sports. This form can be found on the DPM Athletics page.
Physical Education Restrictions
If a student’s activities must be restricted for any reason, it is necessary to inform the school nurse. The Principal, or the school nurse, upon written request from the parent, may excuse the student from regular activity for up to two days. If the restriction is for more than two days, you must present a written physician’s statement, which describes the length of time and reason for the student’s inability to participate in the regular program. When these restrictions are modified, the school nurse must again be informed by a written physician’s statement.