Welcome To The Julian Middle School Health Office!!

I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the students, families and staff of Julian Middle School.  My goal as the School Nurse is to conduct ongoing assessments of the health needs of the students at Julian.  I additionally will collaborate with family, school staff, physician and community to provide a comprehensive holistic school health program that facilitates the students maximum educational opportunity.

Please take the opportunity to review the tabs (located on the left of this page) for important information.

Jeanette Cruz, BSN, RN, PEL-CSN
Certified School Nurse-Julian Middle School
 
Phone: 708-524-7648
Fax:  708-524-3035
[email protected]
 
 

Important Information  

Medication:  Before any medication can be administered at school, a Licensed Prescriber Authorization Form must be filled out and signed by a licensed health care provider (who is authorized to prescribe medication, such as, a physician or nurse practitioner).  This applies to all prescription and over-the-counter medication (including cough drops).  After reviewing the completed Licensed Prescriber Authorization Form, please sign and return it to the School Nurse along with the associated medication in its original box or container.

Students with Health Condtions:  Students with Asthma, Allergies, Diabetes, or Seizures need to have an annual Emergency Action Plan developed and signed by a physician in addition to the District 97 Licensed Prescriber Authorization Form.  Forms can be found on the District Health Service's Page, as well as in the appropriate section of the navigation bar on the left.  Please have your physician complete the form(s) and return it to the school your child will attend in the fall.

Licensed Prescriber Authorization Forms, Medical Forms and Emergency Care Plans need to be updated and completed every year by your doctor and require a parent/guardian signature for students needing medication during the school day.

Entering 6th Graders and New Students to Julian Middle School:
Please review the Physical/Vision/Dental tab to review the medical requirements due the 1st day of school.  Please submit these to the School Nurse.
 
8th GRADE VISION SCREENINGS (2017-18):  Vision screening for 8th graders will begin October 2017.  
Please note that Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye exam and vision examination by an eye doctor.  Your child is not required to undergo the vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report indicating that an eye examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.  More informaton on Vision and Hearing screening can be found in the appropriate tab on the left of this page.
 
GUIDELINES FOR WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME:  
It is important to keep your child home if he or she is showing signs of illness.  For the welfare of all students and staff, these guidelines are recommended:
  • fever greater than 100 degrees:  until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Motrin (Ibuprofen).
  • Persistent productive cough, chest congestion or discolored nasal discharge.  However, for a mild runny/stuffy nose and mild cough, it is okay to send you child to school
  • If a severe sore throat and/or symptoms such as a fever, headache and rash develop; seek medical attention to rule out strep throat (Must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning for school).
  • Vomiting or diarrhea:  until free of these symptoms for 24 hours .
  • An unusual rash, a blistery rash, or a rash associated with a fever:  a doctor's note stating clearance to return to school is required.
  • Red, pink, crusty, itchy eyes:  a doctor's noted stating clearance to return to school is required (notify the School Nurse if your child has allergies, which may exhibit red, watery eyes).
If your child becomes ill with the need to go home, the School Nurse will call parent/guardian to pick up sick child.  If unable to pick up your child, it is helpful to make arrangements for an alternate contact person to do so.  If this is the case, please inform the office of the full name and relationship.
 

HABITS TO SUPPORT STAYING HEALTHY 

Overall good health is essential for regular attendance and success in school.  The following is a brief list of basic practices that can support your child's good health:
  • GOOD HAND WASHING with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times throughout the day. The D97 Handwashing guidelines can be found on:  http://www.op97.org/health-services/documents/1HandHygiene.pdf.
  • COVER cough or sneezes with elbow and wash hands after blowing nose.
  • CLEAN and disinfect surfaces routinely.
  • EAT a nutritious breakfast every day.
  • SLEEP at least 9-10 hours every night.
  • DO NOT share food, utensils or cups/straws with friends.
  • HYDRATED:  drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily; students should carry a water bottle and refill it as the day goes along.
 
FOOD ALLERGIES
District 97 recognizes the increasing prevalence of severe food allergies, particularly to peanuts and nuts, amongst students and staff.  Every food-allergic reaction has the possibility of developing into a life-threatening reaction  within minutes.  Some individuals may react to merely touching the substance, while for others, consumption of a tiny amount of that food can cause a reaction which could be fatal. The Julian Cafeteria/Commons Area provides an "Allergy Free" Table.  Please review the Allergy Management Policy located on the tab (on the left side of this page).
 
Thank you for helping to keep Julian Middle School a safe place.