Guidance for Illinois Students Regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus
2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus identified in December 2019 as the cause of an outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 2019-nCoV has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases, including cases outside China.
While the immediate health risk of 2019-nCoV to the general public, both in the United States and in Illinois, remains low, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat.
Due to recent acceleration of 2019-nCoV transmission across China and in accordance with current federal guidance, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends the following:
• Any student returning from mainland China on February 3, 2020 and onward should not attend school for 14 days after the return date.
• Absences for this purpose should be excused.
• Family members of these students should not attend work if they also traveled to mainland China.
Influenza and the influenza vaccine information
The Illinois School Code requires all students entering the ninth grade or transferring from another school, irrespective of grade, to present proof of physical examination and required immunizations. Information on required and recommended vaccines (including influenza and the influenza vaccine) is available at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/. Failure to comply with the above requirements by the first day of school of the current school year will result in the student’s exclusion from school until the required health forms are presented to the school, subject to certain exceptions.
ISBE is now requiring Illinois schools to request an Asthma Action Plan for all students with a diagnosis of asthma. A copy of the action plan is provided on this page under forms and can be printed and taken to your student’s healthcare provider. Please turn this form into the school nurse at registration or as soon as possible upon diagnosis of asthma.
Seniors -- meningococcal conjugate vaccine requirement
A new Illinois law requires any student considered a senior at LPHS to show proof of having had two doses of a meningococcal conjugate vaccine. If the first dose was given after age sixteen only one dose will be required. See the Illinois Department of Public Health website for further information. Please provide this information by the first day of the school year. Students who do not show proof of this vaccine may not be able to attend school at LPHS. A receipt of purchase will not be accepted, the proof will need to have the signature of person who gave the vaccine along with the date of administration. Proof of immunization is required by the first day of school.
9th grade physicals are required by law. A sports physical will NOT be required for the 9th grade because it is included on the Illinois State Health Exam form. Please be aware that it is good for 1 year only! That means if your student plays a spring sport you will want to schedule the physical for June or July. A sports physical will NOT take the place of a 9th grade physical. Proof of physical is required by the first day of school. Any questions, please feel free to call me at 815-220-2738!
The law requires all students in Illinois grades 6-12 to show proof of having received a Tdap booster. This requirement is specific to Tdap only, and no other form of tetanus will be accepted. Your student will need to show proof of having received a Tdap booster by registration for the current school year. Please see the Illinois Department of Public Health website for further information. Some places the booster is available are some physician offices, Walgreens, and Hygienic Institute. This is a state requirement for grades 6-12 so the volume of children in need is high. Please get this done early to avoid difficulty getting the booster. All students are required to have the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or proof of immunity. All entering freshmen with be required to show proof of two doses of the Varicella vaccine the first dose to be given on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than 28 days after the first dose or proof of immunity. Two doses of each Measles, Mumps, and Rubella are required for all students K-12. This is commonly given in a combination called an MMR.
If your student has a severe food allergy please make sure the nurse's office has been notified. Please call 815-220-2738.
If a student has a life threatening food allergy, a parent/guardian may download the following form and send it to the health office if they wish to have more information on file regarding that food allergy. www.isbe.net/nutrition/pdf/food_allergy_emer_action_plan.pdf
Health Services Staff
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