Wellness Resources

Mission Statement of the District 97 Wellness Council:

The mission of D97’s wellness council is to support healthy lifestyle choices and academic achievement through promotion of greater health awareness to the school community through education, activities and services.

District 97 Wellness Council Members

  • Kirsten Straughan MS, RD, LDN– co-chair, Lincoln
  • Kristen Alfonsi RD, LDN– co-chair, Whittier
  • Therese O’Neill - District 97 representative

School Representatives:

  • Hatch: Cathi Knickrehm
  • Beye: Jonathan Elwanger
  • Longfellow: Eric Podlasek
  • Whittier: Kristen Alfonsi
  • Lincoln: Kirsten Straughan
  • Holmes: Bess Celio
  • Mann: Cristen Vincent
  • Irving: Karin Sullivan
  • Brooks: Jennifer Harrington
  • Julian:
  • D97 Nurse: Shilpa Advani
  • D97 PE Representative:
  • Lunch program: Mike Piekarski, Stacy Lenihan

Community Representatives:

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Activity, Recreation and Dance; Action for Healthy Kids: Sandy Noel
Seven Generations Ahead: Gary Cuneen, Lindsey Arenburg
For questions or further information, please contact Kirsten Straughan or Kristen Alfonsi.

7:270 - Administering Medicines to Students

Students should not take medication during school hours or during school-related activities unless it is necessary for a student’s health and well-being. When a student’s licensed health care provider and parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication during school hours or school-related activities, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child and otherwise follow the District’s procedures on dispensing medication.

No School District employee shall administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed “School Medication Authorization Form” is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian. No student shall possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this policy and its implementing procedures.

Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any school employee from providing emergency assistance to students, including administering medication.

The Building Principal shall include this policy in the Student Handbook and shall provide a copy to the parents/guardians of students.

Self-Administration of Medication

A student may possess an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®) and/or asthma medication prescribed for use at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed a School Medication Authorization Form. The School District shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from a student’s self-administration of medication or epinephrine auto-injector or the storage of any medication by school personnel. A student’s parent/guardian must indemnify and hold harmless the School District and its employees and agents, against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of a student’s self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector and/or medication, or the storage of any medication by school personnel.

105 ILCS 5/10-20.14b, 5/10-22.21b, and 5/22-30.
CROSS REF.: 7:285 (Food Allergy Management)
ADOPTED: January 13, 2015