Incoming Freshman Class of 2022

For safety reasons, freshman physical exams and immunization records need to be submitted to the LFHS nurse's office by the first day of school. In addition, all new students to Lake Forest High School District 115 will be required to present proof that an eye examination was performed within the previous year by October 15 of their registration year.

Please make sure your freshman student's physical and immunizations are up to date and submitted to the nurse's office by Wednesday, August 1, 2018.All medical and health related forms can be mailed in, faxed to 847-810-1399, emailed to dbower@lfschools.netor turned in directly at the high school.

DO NOT TURN INCOMING FRESHMAN PHYSICALS INTO THE ATHLETIC OFFICE. The Health Office will forward a list of all compliant students to the Athletic Office in time for the first day of sports.

Class of 2019 - Get Your Required Meningitis Vaccine!

Important Vaccination Requirement! – For safety reasons, senior class meningitis vaccine records need to be submitted to the LFHS nurse's office by the first day of school.New state regulation requires all students entering 12th grade must show proof of receiving two doses of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4).If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 years of age or older, then only one dose is required.

Please make sure your senior student's vaccines are up to date and submitted to the nurse's office by Wednesday, August 1, 2018.Forms can be mailed in, faxed to 847-810-1399, emailed to or turned in directly at the high school.

Students with Seizures, Severe Allergies or Asthma

As a parent or guardian, you are responsible for informing the Health Office if your child has seizures, allergies or asthma. By law, we are required to have an annual Seizure/Allergy/Asthma Action Plan that is signed by a physician on file with the Health Office.This will include the appropriate prescriptions your student will be allowed to take at school.Your student will be permitted to carry an Epi-Pen and inhalers with them, provided the aforementioned forms are submitted.


Reminder! The Medication Authorization Form must be turned in annually and is necessary if you anticipate your child will need any prescription or non-prescription medication (e.g. Tylenol, Ibuprofen) during the school day. The form is signed by both a physician and a parent.No medication may be dispensed without this authorization on file. If you need a copy, this form can be downloaded from the LFHS web page under Student Services/Health Services.

Please direct any Health Office questions to Nurse Diane Bower, R.N. at

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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 2018 deadline is Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

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.

D115 Food Allergy Procedure Guide

Our D115 Food Allergy Plan and Appendices can be accessed here. Although we are not a nut-free school, students are discouraged from sharing food and should not consume food with nuts in our instructional spaces. While our staff will be notified of all of the students in their courses with allergies, along with individual action plans, eliminating the consumption of food items with nuts in our instructional spaces greatly assists with work to ensure a safe learning environment for our students.

Please take the time to read through the plan and please reach out with additional questions.



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.


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.



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

August 1, 2018.

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

August 1, 2018.

All Freshman physicals have to be in the Health Office by

August 1, 2018.

Athletics begin on

August 1, 2018

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

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