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Exclusion date for Senior Students who are not compliant with this state mandate is October 16, 2017.

Special Notice: A second dose of meningitis vaccine (MCV4) is required from the State of Illinois after a student's 16 birthday and before entry to senior year. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening.html. Exclusion date for Senior Students who are not compliant with this state mandate is October 16, 2017. Two email notifications have been sent to families missing this documentation. Please submit proof of a current meningitis vaccine immediately. This information must be received in order for LFHS to permit your student to attend school beyond October 15th. You may email the immunization to the School Nurse at dbower@lfschools.net or fax it to 847-810-1399.

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SENIOR CLASS OF 2018

FRESHMAN CLASS OF 2021

Please contact Nurse Diane Bower, R.N. at dbower@lfschools.net with any questions. Fax 847-810-1399.

The district's health forms are available in a few different areas.

1. Health Services web page

2. InfoSnap - During on the online registration process, the health forms are made available for download on the Medical page and Medical Documents page.

3. InfoSnap - Once the online registration process is completed, a parent can log back into InfoSnap and download the health forms from the Submission Confirmation page.

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Any student who becomes ill during the school day must go through the Nurse's Office to be released home. Parents will be called from the Nurse's Office by both the student and the School Nurse. Texting or calling parents to leave the building without School Nurse permission will result in an unexcused absence.

The School Nurse will not diagnose nor prescribe medication for any illness. This is the responsibility of the family physician.

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Reminder! When scheduling your child's physical over the summer, be sure to take along a copy of the Medication Authorization Form for the physician to sign. This form must be turned in annually and is necessary if you anticipate your child will need any prescription or non-prescription medication (e.g. aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen) during the school day. No medication may be dispensed without this authorization on file.

The District’s health forms are available in a few different areas.

1. Health Services web page

2. InfoSnap - During on the online registration process, the health forms are made available for download on the Medical page and Medical Documents page.

3. InfoSnap - Once the online registration process is completed, a parent can log back into InfoSnap and download the health forms from the Submission Confirmation page.

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Health Services

Exemption Policy:

Freshman physicals MUST be turned into the nurse’s office before the first day of school. Your child will not be allowed to attend school if we do not receive the physical exam form by the deadline. Schedule doctor appointments now to avoid exclusion in the fall. The 2016 deadline is Monday, August 1, 2016.

Please be sure to turn in all medical and health related forms to the Nurse by August 1. Forms can be mailed in or turned directly into the high school. Forms were mailed home in the spring and are also available at the LFHS nurse’s office or can be found on the high school website.

Medication Authorization

  1. No School personnel shall administer to any student, nor shall any student possess or consume any prescription or nonprescription medication except after the filling with the school district a completed and signed Medication Authorization Form. This form must be signed by the parent and the physician.
  2. All student medication shall be left with the School Nurse during the School Day.
  3. The parent or guardian will be responsible for bringing and removing all prescription and non prescription medication in it’s original labeled pharmacy container.
  4. Self administration of insulin, asthma inhalers and epinephrine is permitted provided that the Medical Authorization form is completed and reviewed by the School Nurse.
  5. The School Nurse will supervise medication administration. Delegation of medication administration is at the discretion of the school Nurse.

Athletes and Health Records

All student-athletes need health examinations and immunizations before the first day of practice or try outs. Do not turn forms into coaches. They must be received by the Health Office/Nurse.

Medication Guidelines for Students

Students who have diabetes, asthma or severe allergies are allowed to carry on their person in school: insulin, glucose, asthma inhalers, Benadryl and an Epi pen. However, a Medication Authorization Form must be on file in the Health Office. Students are not allowed to carry or have in their lockers any other medication including Tylenol and Advil. Any further questions? Please contact Nurse Diane Bower at 847-582-7335.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Allergies

If your student has a severe or life threatening allergy, please remember to inform Nurse Diane Bower at 847-582-7335. If your students allergies require the use of an Epi-pen and Benadryl, please make sure an annually renewed Medication Authorization Form is on file in the Health Office. One Epi-pen should be left in the Health Office and one Epi-pen should be left with your student at all times. Likewise, if a student needs an asthma inhaler, please notify the Health Office and provide Nurse Bower with the appropriate medications. Please call 847-582-7335 if you have any further questions or concerns.

SEASON FOR ALLERGIES/ASTHMA

A recent CDC survey finds that one in five High School students have asthma. Although, temperatures below 32 may eliminate many pollens and weed triggers, indoor substances can also aggravate the allergy/ asthma combination. In addition to dust mites, molds and pet dander, holiday decorations that have been in storage can also be major allergy/asthma triggers.

  • Use gas fireplaces instead of woodburning.
  • Wash with warm sudsy water all packed away decorations. Rewash when storing them back.
  • Avoid scented candles, incense and potpourri.
  • Very cold temperatures can be a trigger for asthma. Wear a scarf around the nose and mouth while outside and even in the car till it warms up.
Controlling and preventing symptoms is always preferable to having to treat full blown symptoms.

Bacterial Meningitis

All parents should be aware that it is in their student's best interest to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. The old Menomune vaccine's coverage was only 4-6 years. Therefore, we were only recommending that students receive it in their senior year of high school. The highest incidence of bacterial meningitis is freshman and sophomore year of college.

However, the new vaccine Menactra, has 8-10 years coverage. Therefore, many of the pediatric groups are offering this vaccine to 12-13 year-olds. Please ask your doctor about this for your student. Also, PLEASE be aware that you may receive this vaccination at the Board of Health Immunization Clinic, 2303 Dodge Ave in Waukegan (847-377-8470) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. It is also offered at Lake Forest Hospital on the fourth Saturday of every month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. You are eligible to receive this vaccine for $8.00 if you do not have medical insurance, your medical insurance does not cover vaccinations, or by using Medicaid or Kidcare card. Please call Diane Bower, RN at 847-582-7335 with further questions.

Infectious Mononucleosis

An acute viral infection that is characterized by fever, malaise, sore throat, "swollen glands," enlarged spleen and liver. There is a wide spectrum in the severity of symptoms. Sometimes symptoms may be so mild that many people don't even realize they have had it. Interestingly, 90% of adults will test positive for the Epstein Barr Virus, yet most of those people can't remember having "mono." Adults are often misdiagnosed if they do have mononucleosis when they present with symptoms due to the rarity of infection in the adult population. I am often asked if a person can get mono more than once. True Mononucleosis is thought to be caused by the Epstein Barr Virus. However, other "bugs" can cause similar symptoms; hence the confusion. Dr. Virginia Kaperick, a pediatric hospitalist at Lake Forest Hospital, states that the "greatest majority of cases are caused by EBV(Epstein-Barr Virus). Other pathogens can cause mono-like illness:CMV(Cytomegalovirus), Adenoviruses, HSV(Herpes Simplex Virus), Toxoplasma, etc., Transmission is through saliva of an infected person throughout the duration of symptoms: there is no air or blood transmission. Many healthy people can carry and shed the virus intermittently for life."

The treatment of routine cases would consist of

  1. rest according to the degree of illness until the fever is gone.
  2. Plenty of liquids.
  3. Tylenol or Advil for elevated temperature or discomfort.
  4. Warm saline gargles.
  5. No contact sports.
  6. Antibiotics only if there is a Strep infection which happens in 10-30% of cases.
  7. Steroids are only used if there are life threatening threats of airway obstruction

(Recent studies have linked their use to encephalitis and myocarditis.)

Student athletes should only return to sports or PE class when they have been cleared by their doctor. The main concern here is a decreased immune system and an enlarged spleen and liver which could become injured during contact sports.

MEDICAL FORMS

HEALTH SERVICES POLICY

First Day of Exclusion Policy
The “First Day of Exclusion” policy will apply to ALL NEW students including freshmen. This exclusion will also apply to all students who have been notified of delinquent immunizations.

A current Certificate of Health Examination and Immunization Form MUST be on file in the Health Office and/or updated before the first day of school (Monday, August 22, 2016).

This policy means that a current Certificate of Health Examination and Immunization Form MUST be on file in the Health Office and/or updated before the first day of school (Monday, August 24, 2015).All Freshman physicals have to be in the Health Office by Monday, August 1, 2016. Athletics begin on August 10, 2016 and requires additional forms to be on file in the Athletic Office.

Freshman Athletes need to turn their physical examination forms into theHealth Office. The Athletic Office will not accept freshman physicals. Please be sure not to confuse the athletic forms with those of the Health Office. All athletes need health examinations and immunizations before the first day of practice or tryouts. No Exceptions (Valid within one year of the entire period of participation).

All freshmen must have an Illinois Department of Public Health Child Examination form on file. These copies are kept at Lake Forest High School for 60 years in a safe place. It is for your student’s benefit to have these done correctly. Extra copies are available in the Health Office or the Counseling Office.

It is parents' responsibility to inform and update the Health Office regarding students' medical needs. If your child has medical needs that may need attention during the school day, including allergy emergency care e.g., Epi Pen, please contact Diane Bower RN to ensure all paperwork and medicines are in order. Email at dbower@lfschools.net.

Please call school nurse, Diane Bower with any questions at 847-582-7335.