District 7 School Nurses
School nurses work directly with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other related service providers to create a safe, healthy, and positive learning environment.
A student’s health status is directly related to his or her ability to learn. Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process. The School nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the School setting.
Responsibilities in the provision of a safe and healthy School environment include the School nurse’s monitoring of immunizations, managing communicable diseases, assessing the School environment for safety to prevent injury, and spearheading infection control measures.
School nurses provide quality health care and intervene with actual and potential health problems. Health care for chronic and acute illness, as well as injuries in the School setting, is a major focus of the School nurse. The School nurse is responsible for medication administration, health care procedures, the development of health care plans, and is an integral part of the special education team.
Healthy children are successful learners. The School nurse has a multi-faceted role within the School setting, one that supports the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of students and their success in the learning process.
|Cassens||Paula Pitts||655-6150, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Columbus||Thea Powers||656-5167, Ext. email@example.com|
|EHS||Donna Oehler||656-7100, Ext. 20147
|Megan Slack||656-7100, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Becky Green, Clinic Secretary||656-7100, Ext. email@example.com|
|Glen Carbon||Cindy Johnson||692-7460, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Goshen||Lynne Kusnerick||655-6250, Ext. email@example.com|
|Hamel||Gladys Nelson||692-7444, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Leclaire||Melissa Pape||656-3825, Ext. email@example.com|
|Liberty||Kim Robeza||655-6800, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lincoln||Lisa Bohnenstiehl||656-0485, Ext. email@example.com|
|Midway||Gladys Nelson||692-7446, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nelson||Louise Kampwerth||656-8480, Ext. email@example.com|
|Nelson Complex||656-8800, Ext. 5803|
|Woodland||Meghan Dittman||692-8791, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Worden||Christy Buie||692-7442, Ext. email@example.com|
Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – All Meds (required for all medications given at school)
Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – Self-Administration (required in addition to Request for Medication to Be Administered at School-All Meds form for students self-administering insulin, epi-pens, or inhalers)
Dental exams are required for kindergarten, 2nd grade, 6th grade, and 9th grade students. The exams are due no later than May 15 of the current school year. The dental exam must be completed no earlier than 18 months prior to the May 15 deadline of the current school year.
The State of Illinois sets forth requirements for its students attending Illinois Schools regarding physicals and immunizations. These requirements are detailed in the Illinois School Code. If you have any questions, please call the nurse at your child’s school.
Students entering kindergarten (or 1st grade if the child did not attend kindergarten), 6th, and 9th grades are required by state law to have a physical no later than October 1 of the current school year. The physical must be completed within one year prior to entering kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grades. The health examination must be completed on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination form.
For transfer students from out of the state or out of the country, a health form that is comparable to the Illinois requirements may be accepted only at the time of first entry into an Illinois school. This health form must have the same components listed on the Certificate of Child Health Examination form, and the exam must have been completed within the last 12 months. (A statement by a physician or other health care provider indicating that an examination was conducted is not acceptable). The health examination must be on file with the nurse within 30 school days after the child begins attending school.
The health examination must be performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaboration with a physician, or a physician assistant who has been delegated the performance of health examinations by their supervising physician.
All physicals must be completed on the current Illinois physical exam form, must be signed by the physician and dated, and must have the parent portion on the back of the form completed and signed to be considered complete. Students who have not supplied the required physical and immunization documentation by the above deadlines will be excluded from school and will not be allowed to return until the necessary information is provided.
Sports physicals are due before a student can participate in interscholastic and intramural sports, including practices. A sports physical must be obtained annually and is valid for 395 days for middle school athletes (IESA) and high school athletes (IHSA).
There is a sports physical form that can be completed specifically for sports; however, kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grade physicals must be completed on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination form. School physicals, provided as required by 6th and 9th grade, can also satisfy the requirement for a sports physical for that specific year.
Sports physicals for Liberty and Lincoln Middle Schools are kept on file in the clinic.
Sports physicals for Edwardsville High School are kept on file in the Athletic Department office.
Vision exams are required for all students who are entering school for the first time (kindergarten or first grade). A vision exam is also required for students who are transferring from an out-of-state school or a home-school setting, regardless of grade level. The exam must be performed by a licensed optometrist or a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches that provides eye examinations. The exam must be documented on the Illinois form, conducted within the last year, and is due by October 15th of the current school year.
Medication Policy & Procedures
Sometimes it is necessary for a student to take medication at school. The Edwardsville School District has policies and procedures in place to allow for this to happen. If your child needs to take medication at school, please contact the school nurse. There are medication order forms that must be filled out completely. Parents are responsible for obtaining the physician’s order and returning it and the medication to school. These physician orders are required for all medicine administered at school, including over-the-counter medicines such as Tylenol and cough drops. The only exception is a physician’s signature is not required for students carrying and administering their own asthma inhalers.
- The medicine must be brought to school in the original bottle/container with a pharmacy label (for prescription medications). Students may not transport their own medication.
- Medication scheduled to be administered at lunch time will not be administered on 1/2-day student attendance.
- Parents are responsible for administering morning medications. Once-daily meds are not routinely given at school.
- Medications must be picked up by the parent at the end of the school year, or the medication will be disposed of according to school policy.
- New medication forms must be filled out each year.
- Students are not allowed to carry any medication on them at any time. The only exceptions to this are inhalers, epi-pens, and diabetes supplies/medications. There are special forms for students to carry these medications.
- For all students with a diagnosis of asthma, a new Asthma Action Plan should be completed by the physician and turned in to the school nurse yearly.
- Schools are required to follow Illinois licensing laws as well as Illinois School Code when administering medicine for the safety of your child and others.
Click here to view the District #7 medication policy in its entirety located in the District #7 Handbook.
For Medications Administered by School Personnel
A Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – All Meds form must be completed for all medications administered at school, including over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or cough drops.
- The physician must complete and sign the form.
- Parent must complete and sign the parent/guardian section of the form.
Note: The only exception is that a physician’s signature is not required for students who are carrying and administering their own inhalers (see below).
For Insulin, Epi-Pen’s, & Inhalers Administered by the Student
Both the Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – All Meds and the Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – Self – Administration forms are required for students who are carrying and self-administering insulin, epi-pens, or inhalers.
For Insulin and Epi-pens:
- Parent must complete and sign the Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – All Meds form.
- The physician must check that the student has been instructed on the self-administration of the medication, is capable of using the medication independently, and sign that section of the Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – Self – Administration form.
- Parent & student must complete and sign the “agreement to comply” section of the Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – Self -Administration form.
- Parent must complete and sign the Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – All Meds form.
- The parent must check that he/she gives permission for his/her child to carry and self administer the prescribed inhaler, has been instructed by the child’s physician, and is capable of using the inhaler independently on the Request for Medication to Be Administered at School – Self – Administration form.
- The parent must also provide a pharmacy label for the medication containing the name of medication, the prescribed dosage, and directions for use.
- Parent & student must complete and sign the “agreement to comply” section of the Request for Medication to Administered at School – Self – Administration form.
- For all students with a diagnosis of asthma, an Asthma Action Plan should be completed by the physician and turned in to the school nurse yearly.
Physical education and recess are an important part of your child’s school day. If your child is unable to participate in P.E. or recess, please contact your child’s school nurse to review your school’s policy. A note from your child’s doctor may be required for excusal from P.E. and/or recess.
What is a School Nurse?
District 7 Certified School Nurses have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. They have also completed a certification program specializing in School Nursing and hold a Type 73 Certificate in the State of Illinois. Our nurses are certified as vision and hearing screening technicians, Safe Crisis Management Interventionists, and Red Cross CPR instructors. Certified School Nurses must complete 20 hours of continuing education to maintain state nursing licenses and the school nurse certification.
Last school year, District 7 nurses evaluated and treated over 40,000 students and administered over 22,000 doses of medication.
School nurses develop and administer a coordinated school health program and promote and advance the quality of health education and services in the school community. District 7 School Nurses provide a wide variety of services, including:
- Perform assessment and treatment for student injury, illness, and medication administration
- Perform skilled nursing services for students with specialized medical needs (i.e., diabetes care, tracheostomy care, gastrostomy tube care, catheterization)
- Provide emergency services for students, employees, and visitors
- Complete hearing and vision screenings at specified grade levels
- Develop emergency care plans for students with extensive medical needs (i.e., diabetes, severe life threatening allergies, seizure disorders, etc)
- Compile information and complete data reports for the State of Illinois.
- Track outbreaks of communicable diseases and report incidences to the Madison County Health Department
- Maintain health records, including physicals, immunizations, and dental and vision exams for all District 7 students
- Act as student/family liaison to provide access to outside community agencies
- Contribute as the health team professional in collaborative, IEP, and 504 meetings
- Participate on student committees
- Serve as mentors to local university nursing students and EHS medical occupation students
- Support the District 7 health curriculum by providing health-related classroom instruction and educational events, such as:
- Dental health
- Growth and development
- Backpack safety
- Health fairs
- Safety and privacy
- Empathy and acceptance
- Physical activity
- Drug Prevention Education
- Coordinate student and community outreach activities and fundraising, such as:
- Jump Rope for Heart
- Clothing, food, toy and book drives
- Hats for Kids with Cancer
- Relay for Life
- Hoops for Heart
- Dental Safari program
- Kids Against Hunger
- Community blood drives
- Provide staff trainings and in-services on a variety of health topics and coordinate employee health, such as:
- Bloodborne pathogen training
- CPR certification
- Critical health issues and corresponding plan of action in emergencies
- Coordinate employee wellness activities
- Review and monitor employee vaccination records
- Monitor staff illness and chronic health conditions
- Emergency preparedness
Useful Links & Resources
|These are some great sites for children and adults on various topics related to “kids” health. Children should always navigate the internet with a parent or responsible adult, as these sites can change daily. District 7 is not responsible for the content on third-party websites.|
|Links for Children:
The Asthma Wizard from the National Jewish Medical Center
Kids Health & Fitness
Kids Health Problems
|Links for Parents:
American Lung Association
Center for Disease Control & Prevention
National Institutes of Health
|Links for Financial Help:
All Kids Health Coverage
Ameren Energy Assistance
Glen Ed Pantry
Madison County Community Development
This is a directory of healthcare and human services in the area, many of whom accept All Kids health insurance. There are also many community resources listed in this guide.
This directory includes services that are available to be utilized by residents within District 7.
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