BEN FRANKLIN HEALTH SERVICES
Welcome to the Ben Franklin's Health Services page. As Ben Franklin's school nurses, we enjoy the very special privilege of caring for your child. The health office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 pm. You are encouraged to share any concerns or problems relevant to your child's health with us.
Maureen Walgren, RN School Nurse
Nancy Connolly, BA RN IL/PEL-CSN MA Certified School Nurse
All incoming kindergarten students are required to submit a completed school physical and updated immunizations before October 15, 2020 regardless of remote or in-person learning. Please note that some of these immunizations are different from the requirements for preschool. These immunizations include: DTaP series, IPV series 4 doses, 3 doses of Hepatitis B, 2 doses of MMR, and 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox). Completed physical forms may be turned in to the school health office as soon as they are completed or mailed to Forest Glen Attn: Nurse. If your child will be new to Forest Glen School, the health requirements are the same as if your child would be entering as Kindergartner. Please see the health requirements listed above.
Please click HERE for the Child Health Examination Form.
A dental examination is also required for students entering Kindergarten and second grade. The deadline for dental examination forms is May 15th of the current school year. We will accept dental exams that are completed up to 18 months prior to the due date. For the 2020-2021 school year, we will accept dental exams completed between November 15th, 2019 and May 15th, 2021. Please click HERE to the Dental Examination Form.
Eye Exam Requirements:
All Kindergartners are required to have a professional eye exam completed. We ask that these are completed prior to October 15th of the current school year but will happily accept them at any point during the school year. Please click HERE to the Eye Examination Form.
Health Conditions and Medications at School:
If your child requires medication during the school day, please keep in mind that a school medication administration form needs to be completed by your child’s physician before any medication can be administered at school. Please turn this form in along with the medication, sealed in it’s original packaging, with your child’s name on it. For the safety of all our students, students are not permitted to self carry any medications, unless emergency medication such as epinephrine or an asthma inhaler. All medications are to be kept in the nurse’s office. Please see below for the appropriate forms.
Food Allergies: If your child has a food or other severe allergy that requires the use of epinephrine, please have an allergy action plan completed and signed by your child’s physician along with a completed medication administration form. Please see below for the allergy action plan.
Asthma: If your child has asthma and requires an inhaler at school, please be sure to inform the school nurse. Additionally, we ask that your child’s doctor completes an asthma action plan. Below is a link for the asthma questionnaire that we ask all parents to complete annually for their child.
Seizures: If your child has a seizure disorder, please see below for a seizure action plan to be completed each school year. If your child requires medication at school, please also have a medication administration form completed.
Diabetes: If your child is a diabetic, insulin or non-insulin dependent, please have your child’s endocrinologist provide a diabetes medical management plan for school. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide all necessary testing supplies and treatments (such as snacks, glucose tabs, and glucagon) for use during the school day. We will happily store these items in the nurse’s office.
MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION FORM for all prescription and non- prescription medications
INFLUENZA AND RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES:
As summer comes to an end and the school year begins, also comes the arrival of cold and flu season. At the start of each school year, it is not uncommon for us to see an increase in flu and respiratory illnesses. Please keep the following preventative measures in mind to help keep our students, staff, and community safe and healthy:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after you’ve coughed, sneezed, or blown your nose, before and after eating, and anytime after coming into contact with someone sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Do your best to cough or sneeze into a tissue or the elbow of your sleeve
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects like your cellphone, laptop, desks, and door handles.
- Most importantly, STAY HOME if you are sick.
In efforts to keep our students and staff safe and healthy, we ask that if your child has a fever, flu-like symptoms, or has vomiting/diarrhea, they should NOT be in school until they are fever/symptom free for at least 24 hours, without needing medication. Please do not send your child to school if they are ill. When calling in an absence for your child, kindly let the office know if your child is being kept home due to fevers or flu-like symptoms.
For more information, resources, and additional forms, please visit the D41 Health Services Website