District 97 Health Services

Welcome to the Health Services page for Oak Park Elementary School District 97. Here you will find important forms related to physicals, screenings and medication, as well as information about our policies for allergy and asthma management, concussion protocol, medication and more. For specific questions or concerns, please contact your school nurse.

Students with Health Conditions

If your child has been diagnosed with a health condition, such as ASTHMA, FOOD ALLERGIES, DIABETES or SEIZURES, please provide a current Emergency Action Plan along with the D97 Licensed Prescriber Authorization Form.  ALL FORMS MUST BE RENEWED AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY SCHOOL YEAR.  Forms can be found by clicking on the appropriate link to the left or by visiting our Health Forms Page >

When to Keep Your Child Home From School

In order for your child to be able to learn and to control communicable diseases in the school, it is important to keep your child home for the following reasons:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or more. Your child should be fever free (without Tylenol or Motrin) for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If your child vomited or had diarrhea during the past 24 hours, please keep them home.
  • Strep throat your child must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Swollen, red eyes that itch and are draining your child must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school for bacterial conjunctivitis and drainage free and/or a note from the doctor.
  • Moist, productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal discharge. However, for a mild runny/stuffy nose and mild cough it is alright to send your child to school.
  • An unusual rash, a blistery rash, or a rash associated with a fever. Your child should remain at home until you have discussed the rash with your physician and your child is not contagious (a note from your doctor may be required).

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidelines listed.

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. View the D97 Handwashing guidelines.
  • 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. Please review the Allergy Management Policy located on the tab (on the left side of this page).