Each District 211 school operates a well-equipped health center under the supervision of a registered nurse. The health center is open daily to treat illness, injury, or provide consultations. School nurses may be contacted directly at:
Palatine High School – Mary Jo Pawlowski, (847) 755-1662
William Fremd High School – Lori Papciak, (847) 755-2662
James B. Conant High School – Dawna Smeltzer, (847) 755-3662
Schaumburg High School – Melanie Hopkins, (847) 755-4662
Hoffman Estates High School – Dawn Leach, (847) 755-5662
Academy-North/Higgins Education Center – Janice Cluchey, (847) 755-684
High School District 211 has a first-day exclusion policy. All students must be in compliance with all required physical examinations and immunizations prior to the first day of school attendance. Students not in compliance will be excluded from class until verification of vaccination and physical exam is received by the school nurse. Students who transfer from schools outside the state of Illinois are granted 30 days to become compliant with the requirements set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Listed below are the revised immunization requirements for students entering 9th through 12th grades beginning in the fall of 2014. Additionally, a summary of the immunization status for District 211 is provided.
Physical Exam Form
Verification of physical examination must be completed on the approved form from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This form is mailed to all parents of incoming
9th gradestudents in February of each year. For your convenience, a copy of this form is provided here as well. An Illinois High School Association (IHSA) sports physical form may not be submitted for 9th gradeenrollment purposes as it lacks much of the required information regarding a student’s health history and status.
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Info (MRSA)
occurenceof some communicable disease is noted within the county or region. Information provided by the Cook County Department of Public Health or the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the symptoms and prevention of these illnesses is provided here for your information.
September Is National Suicide Prevention Month
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Globally, in 2012, suicide was the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 years age group.
The psychological pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved. If you or someone close to you is facing challenges in these areas, we encourage you to seek assistance. We want people who are despairing and thinking about suicide to know that there is help available. All you need to do is to ask for help.
If you are facing an immediate emergency call 911.
In other cases, these resources may be helpful.
24 Hour Crisis Line 847-377-8088
Suicide Hotline 800-784-2433
Hospital Treatment Programs
Alexian Brothers Hospital 800-432-5005
Northwest Community Hospital 847-618-1000
Streamwood Behavioral Health Hospital 630-837-9000
Community Counseling Services
Catholic Charities 847-376-2100
Jewish Family Services 847-392-8820
Kenneth Young Center 630-524-8800
Lutheran Family Services 847-640-7954
Schaumburg Family Counseling 847-524-1505
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza including young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease; and people over the age of 65 years. Getting vaccinated can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work and school days due to the flu, and flu-related hospitalizations. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October.
If you experience flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to obtain medical care. Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
Additional details about influenza and vaccinations can be found on the CDC website.