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
District 211 North Campus/Higgins Education Center – Janice Cluchey, 847-755-6843
Township High School District 211 actively monitors and reviews health, safety, and resource metrics to assist in guiding decision-making with regard to school district operations. This information follows guidelines from and consultation with the Cook County Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health Schools Guidance, and the Illinois State Board of Education. The D211 COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily on school days with available COVID-19-related data reported for District 211 staff members and students at its five high schools (due to the small size of each District 211 alternative school, individual data for these schools is shared directly with parents and staff).
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.
Additionally, incoming freshmen who desire to participate in athletic camps during the summer before the start of freshmen year must supply evidence of a valid physical exam completed within 13 months prior to the start of the summer camp.
Oral Health Examination Form
To comply with State of Illinois regulations, all children in grade 9 are required to have an oral health examination performed by a licensed dentist within 18 months prior to May 15 of the child’s 9th grade school year.
Proof of the required oral health examination is provided using the official State of Illinois dental exam form and providing the form to their child’s school nurse. Parents who believe their child may be exempt from this requirement may submit the dental exam waiver form to their child’s school nurse.
Health Care Action Plans
Many students with known medical conditions are best served by establishing a health care action plan with the school nurse in their school. Most action plans are developed in consultation with a physician who can provide details necessary to understand how the school can support the student’s health care needs. Health conditions commonly associated with actions plans include asthma, diabetes, food allergies, and seizure disorders and action plan templates for these conditions are available for download from this page. Please contact the school nurse at your child’s school if you have questions about these forms or any other health condition.
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.