Health Services - Nurses
The Stevenson Health Services team works closely with faculty, staff, parents and students to create an environment that promotes health and safety in pursuit of our mission, "Success for Every Student."
“Students must be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy.”
State of Illinois Mandatory Health Requirements for Students
9th Grade Student Health Requirements:
Complete immunization history and Child Health Examination Form dated on or after 8/14/2022
- Dental Examination Form dated on or after 11/15/2022
- Transfer students from out of state (that have never attended an Illinois school before) will need to provide an Eye Examination Form dated within 12 months of the first day of school
Health Requirements for Transfer Students in Grades 10, 11, & 12
Transfer from another Illinois High School:
Must provide a copy of their 9th grade physical with all immunizations
Out of State Transfer Students:
Must provide a copy of their high school physical with all immunizations from their previous high school. If their previous high school does not require a physical, the student has 30 days to complete this State of Illinois requirement.
Must provide an Eye Examination Form dated within 12 months of the first day of school.
Transfer Students from Outside of the Country:
- Must provide all current updated immunizations, health records and TB Skin test requirements at the time of registration. The student has 30 days for all completed records to be on file with the Health Service Office.
- Must provide a certificate of child health examination form and an Eye Examination Form dated within 12 months of the first day of school.
Religious Exemption Requests
The Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education requires that the Illinois Certificate of Religious Exemption Form be completed by the parent/guardian and signed by the primary care provider if religious exemption is requested. If you have any further questions regarding this law, please contact the SHS nurses.
Meningitis (MCV4) Immunization Requirement for Seniors
12th grade students must provide proof of the meningococcal vaccination (MCV4) given on or after the student’s 16th birthday.
Parents and guardians are advised to consult with their student’s healthcare provider to determine if he or she is in compliance.
Questions about the requirement can be directed to the Nurses Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Anaphylaxis Action Plan
- Asthma Action Plan
- Certificate of Child Health Examination
- Dental Form
- Diabetes Medical Management Plan
- Health Emergency Form
- Illinois Certificate of Religious Exemption Form
- Permission to Administer Medication
- Seizure Action Plan
- Sports Physical (Pre-participation) Form
- Vision: Eye Exam Form
Reminder for All Parents
Please turn in all medical paperwork to either nurses office using one of these ways:
Guidelines for Administration of Medication
If it is determined that medication must be given to a student at school, the procedure below will be followed:
- All prescription and over-the-counter medication will be administered by a school nurse. Students are not allowed to carry medications, with the following exceptions:
- Permission Form to Administer Medication must be completely filled out and signed by the student’s parent or guardian and licensed prescriber, and on file in the Nurse’s Office. Please see below for multilingual versions of the form.
- Permission to administer over-the-counter medication will be in place until graduation.
- Permission to administer prescription medication must be renewed annually.
- Prescription medication must be brought to the Nurse’s Office by a parent or guardian in the original container.
- Some over-the-counter medications are stocked by the SHS Nurse’s Office. These include generic Advil, Tylenol, Excedrin, Midol, Benadryl and Sudafed.
- SHS nurses will dispose any medications that are not picked up at the end of the school year.
Multilingual Permission Forms to Administer Medication
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- American Cancer Society
- American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
- Centers for Disease Control
- Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
- Epilepsy Foundation
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Kids Health
- Lake County Health Department
- National Alliance for Mental Illness
Frequently Asked Questions
If your student is going home sick:
The student must go through either nurse’s office.
We will call the parent/guardian to confirm the pick up time and destination.
- If your student drove to school, we need approval from a parent/guardian that you give your student permission to drive home sick.
- For more information about our (pre-COVID) health policies for students who become sick during school, click here.
If your student has a doctor’s note:
Please give a copy of all physician notes to either nurse’s office and we will assist in distributing to the appropriate staff.
If your student arrives to school on crutches:
Drop your student off at either parking lot B, door 1 (the Point/Forum) to see the West Building nurses or parking lot D, door 17(the Field House) to see the East Building nurses.
- Please provide a note from your physician to either nurse’s office, which will be processed and distributed to the appropriate staff.
- An elevator pass and extra time between classes may be provided to assist the student throughout the school day.
- If additional resources are needed, please contact either nurse’s office.
If your student has a fever (temperature of 100 degrees or more):
Your student must be fever-free for 24 hours without the assistance of a fever-reducing medication, such as Advil, Tylenol, etc. before he/she can return to school.
- If your student is found to have a fever while at school, they must be picked up immediately.
If your student requires medication while at school:
Please reference our Medication for Students page.
- No student can carry over the counter medications.
Vision and hearing screenings:
Vision and hearing screenings are completed according to state guidelines and school policy. Vision and hearing screenings are provided annually to students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
- Students transferring into Illinois for the first-time MUST have a vision exam completed by a physician.
- If a student fails either screening, parents/guardians will be notified and appropriate referrals will be made.
Students need a pass from class to come to the nurse’s office, unless it is an emergency or if the student is going home sick. If it is a passing period, then the student must get a pass from the next class, so the teacher is aware of the student’s attendance.
- In the case of an emergency in the classroom: the teacher will press the emergency call button and a nurse will respond.