Welcome to the Health Office Web Page. My name is Maureen Powers and I am the Certified School Nurse for William Hatch and Abraham Lincoln Schools. I am assisted by my Health Clerk, Meribeth Duhem . I am at Lincoln on Monday & Wednesday mornings, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. I am at Hatch on Monday afternoons, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Ms. Duhem schedule is the opposite of mine.
During the school year we will be conducting vision and hearing screening in the mandated grades. The mandated grades are K & 2nd for vision screening. If possible I also try to do vision screening for 1st and 5th grades. The mandated grades for hearing are K,1, 2, & 3. I am always happy to do vision and hearing screening on any child for whom a parent or teacher has concerns. Only parents of children who fail vision and hearing are contacted for followup, but I am happy to discuss the results with any parent who wishes to know their child's results.
If your child should need medication during the school day please contact us for the necessary forms. All medication given at school, even over the counter medication requires written permission from the parent/guardian and written doctor's orders. Student are allowed to carry rescue inhalers and epi-pens on their person if parent's so desire. I do recommend that if students carry their rescue inhalers that a backup inhaler is kept in the nurse's office as often that self carried inhaler gets left somewhere else and is not available when the student needs it. If the rescue inhaler comes to school in the original box with the pharmacy label on it then no further authorization from the doctor is needed. However, if a student has an inhaler at school then the State of Illinois is requesting an Asthma Action Plan filled out by the Licensed Health Care Provider and signed by the parent/guardian. If the student has an Epi-Pen or antihistamine at school for allergic reactions then an Emergency Action Plan completed by a Licensed Health Care Provider and signed by the parent/guardian is required. I know all of this is very confusing so please call if you have any questions or are not sure what forms you need, etc. We are here to help and are happy to do so. District 97 and the State Board of Education have asked us to limit the medications given at school to only those medications which must be given during the school day.
Ms.Duhem and I are here to assist parents/ guardians and provide health services to our students. Please contact us if you have any questions about your student's health or about health resources in the community. I have been the Certified School Nurse for William Hatch School since January 1995 and for Abraham Lincoln School since August 2000. I love what I do and enjoy working with Hatch and Lincoln families and staff.