Health Services

District 67 provides a health office equipped for first aid treatment in each school building. Certified School Nurses and Registered Nurses provide health care in these offices.

Cherokee Elementary School
Judith Flaherty, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN
847- 604-7478

Everett Elementary School
Kathleen Shalala, RN
847-615-4469

Sheridan Elementary School
Ruth Wrolstad, RN
847-615-4479

Deer Path Middle School East - Grades 5/6
Rita Clark, BSN, RN, PEL-CSN
847-604-7419

Deer Path Middle School West - Grades 7/8
Libby Burger, RN
847- 604-7431

Please remember to notify your school office if your contact information changes so your school nurse can keep you informed of any health concerns, and to insure your student's health record and emergency form are up to date.

Administering Medicines to Students

(REf. Board Policy 7:270)

Lake Forest School District 67 policy states that, except for the limited exceptions recognized in the policy, no student shall possess or consume, and no School District employee shall administer to any student, or supervise or allow any student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function unless and until the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed this “School Medication Authorization Form” and returned that form and any other required documentation to the School Nurse. Prescription medication must be brought to school in an appropriately labeled pharmacy container. Non-prescription medication must be brought to school in the original package. Outdated medication will NOT be administered. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no school employee is prohibited from providing emergency assistance to a student, including administering medication to the student in an emergency situation.

Classroom Parties and Food/Drink

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)
  • Contain no allergens
  • Have a detailed ingredient label submitted via photo or weblink to the school nurse (in classes where an allergen is prohibited)

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.

Examinations and Immunizations

(ref. Board Policy 7:100)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The health history section of the form must be completed, dated, and signed by the parent.
  4. Immunizations must be completed according to the schedule of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  5. 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.

Dental Examination

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.

Vision Examination

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.

Important Information About Epinephrine Injectors

Does your child have a potentially life threatening allergy? If so, it is important that you read this notice.

The Illinois Emergency Epinephrine Act, PA97-0361, allows schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors. The supply is intended to benefit children who don’t know they have an allergy (i.e., for first time occurrences). For students with a known allergy that may require the rapid use of epinephrine, parents need to supply the school with an up-to-date injector.

Statistics indicate that up to 6% of school age children have known, serious allergies (especially to certain foods). This equates to roughly 100 students in District 67. We are allotted a very limited supply of injectors and when the school supply is exhausted, we cannot obtain additional Epis through the manufacturers until the following school year.

We need to reserve use of the school’s supply for students who do not have a prescription because they are unaware of the allergy. Please partner with us in keeping all of our students as safe as possible.

Provide your child’s emergency medication, along with proper documentation and a School Medication Authorization Form,” completed and signed by parent/guardian, to the School Nurse.

Health Screenings

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.

Reporting an Absence

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.

  • Cherokee: 847-234-3805
  • Everett: 847-234-5713
  • Sheridan: 847-234-1160
  • 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 Physicals / Physical Education Restrictions

Sports Physical Examinations

Physical exams are required each year for students who are participating in any after-school sport. Students must submit the completed physical exam form to the middle school office prior to the first day of tryouts or practice. Sports physical exams are good for only one year from the date of the exam. Exams must be on file in the school nurse’s office before the student will be allowed to participate.

District 67 does not offer sports physicals through the school. If your child is planning to participate in any sports program during the school year, it is important that a sports physical exam be scheduled as soon as possible. Please have your child's physician complete and sign the Certificate of Child Health Examination form.This form can be downloaded from the DPM Athletics page. You may also visit the District Office or DPM Office for a copy.

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.

Wellness Policy

District 67 has adopted a Local Wellness Policy. The policy includes goals for:

  • Nutrition education to support and promote good nutrition,
  • Physical activity to support and promote active lifestyles and provide physical education instruction to foster development of movement skills, have students participate daily in a physical education class, enhance health-related fitness, and promote community partnerships,
  • Nutrition guidelines for foods available on school campuses that:
    • Promote nutritious food offerings and choices,
    • Encourage parents to make healthy choice selections for classroom snacks and celebrations, and
    • Requires District 67 to avoid offering or selling foods that do not meet minimal nutritional value or other established guidelines.

View the Wellness Implementation Guide

The District 67 Local Wellness Policy Committee created a Healthful Food and Beverage list to assist you in selecting healthy choices for your child's classroom snacks/ celebrations. In creating this list, the Local Wellness Policy Committee also took into consideration the medical needs of students with severe allergies in an effort to keep classroom spaces safe for all children.

View the Healthful Food and Beverage list

View the Dietary Guidelines’ Key Recommendations for healthy eating patterns