From the School Nurse

Greetings from the nurses of District 153. As your child’s school nurse, each of us enjoy the special privilege of caring for your child while they are at school. In this district, there is a nurse in every school building. All the nurses are registered nurses in the State of Illinois, are CPR and AED certified, and also have certification in audiometric and vision screening. Two of the nurses have a Type 73 School Nurse certification.

Please take a few minutes to note some very important information that will help us to provide the best care and service to your family.

To Contact Your Student's School Nurse:

Willow School (Pre-school—2nd grade)
Gail Straney , RN CSN
Fax: 708-798-4336

Churchill School (grades 3/4/5)
Pam Lawlor, RN
Fax: 708-798-0417

James Hart School (grades 6/7/8)
Jessica Kors, RN
Fax: 708-799-8360

First Aid for Illness or Injury

We make every effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for you student while they are in school. In the event of a SERIOUS accident or emergency, you will be contacted immediately. In the event that we are unable to contact a parent/guardian and further care and evaluation is needed, the student will be transported by ambulance to an appropriate medical facility and accompanied by either the building nurse or administrator. We will stay with your child until you arrive. This is why it is so important for the school to have on record updated home, cell, and work numbers. If you work more than 30 minutes from the school, it is also important to have at least 2 emergency contacts that are local. To insure that we can provide appropriate care for your child, please inform the nurse of any changes in your child’s health (such as asthma or allergies) or any medications he/she may be taking.

Control of Communicable Diseases

We must provide for the health and well-being of every student and staff member in our school, by preventing the spread of communicable diseases. Contagious illnesses can spread very easily within a school setting. We encourage good hand washing and the covering of sneezes and coughs to help contain some of these diseases. When you call the school to report your child ill, please state what symptoms your child is displaying. It is through this knowledge that we can try to control the spread of various contagious illnesses.

School Immunization Reports 2019-20
When to Keep Your Child at Home
  • Temperature of 100 or greater
  • Acute cold, sore throat, or persistent cough. Children have different tolerances for discomfort and pain. You know your child better than anyone else. Even with the common cold, some children are able to function while others are miserable. If your child has a continuous cough, he/she will not be able to concentrate and will disrupt and expose other students. Many times it is a more serious condition such as bronchitis, asthma or pneumonia. Please consult your physician.
  • Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Repeated diarrhea
  • Red, inflamed or discharge from the eye(s). This can be a form of conjunctivitis or pink eye which is highly contagious. Your child should be seen by a physician and a note from the physician should include the diagnosis.
  • Suspected scabies, impetigo, ringworm, acute rashes or any skin lesion that is "weeping." With any of these conditions, your child will need to be examined by a physician and appropriate creams or oral medications prescribed. Medication that needs to be taken at school will require a medication administration form or a duplicate prescription provided by the physician.
  • If your child has not had a good night's sleep and appears very tired. He/she cannot concentrate and usually put their heads down on their desks. You can bring them in late, just notify the office of the situation.
  • Students that are absent for more than three days require a note from his/her physician indicating that he/she may return to school.
Head Lice Control and Prevention

Head lice are a common community and school problem. An estimated 6 to 12 million lice infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children ages 3 to 11 years old. Live lice feed on human blood and live close to the human scalp. They are not dangerous and do not transmit disease, but they do spread easily.

Parents will be notified by email when there are two or three confirmed cases of head lice at their child's school.

District 153 urges all parents to become more informed about head lice prevention and control. Additional information and resources are below.

If you suspect your child has head lice, call the doctor!

Please call your health care provider first to discuss appropriate treatment for your child. Physician involvement in the diagnosis and treatment of head lice from the start often saves time and money for affected families.

Additional Resources for Parents