Vision/Hearing Screenings 2020:
Vision Hearing Screening Information
Newark School District 66 Medication
Policy Taking medications during school hours is discouraged. 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, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child by completing the Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication and Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form (PDF). The information on the form must be the same as that on the prescription container label. NGS and MJH will not accept medication sent to the school in any container other than the container provided by the pharmacy. This policy applies to prescription and over-the-counter medication, including cough drops.
No school or district employee is allowed to administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication and Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form (PDF) is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian. No student is allowed to possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication, including medical marijuana, on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this procedure. Students who retain controlled substances on their person on school grounds are subject to the disciplinary policies of Newark School District 66. If a change in the type of drug or dosage is warranted, a new form is to be completed by the parent/guardian and presented to the school office.
Asthma, allergies, diabetes and emergency medications
Students with asthma who need an inhaler at school must have an Asthma Action Plan (PDF) and an Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication and Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form (PDF). A student may possess and self-administer inhalers prescribed for him/her by their licensed health care provider if these forms have been signed by their health care provider. All other inhalers will be kept in the medicine cabinet across from the school office.
Please be sure to notify the school nurse if your student needs an epinephrine auto-injector (such as EpiPen) at school. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan (PDF) must be completed and turned in to the school along with your student’s epinephrine auto-injector. A student may possess and self-administer epinephrine from an auto injector if a Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form has been completed. If Benadryl is needed for allergies, parents must provide it according to the NCHS medication guidelines as outlined above.
Students with diabetes who need insulin injections at school, or who have an insulin pump, must have a Diabetes Medical Management Plan (PDF) completed and turned in to the school along with an Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication and Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form (PDF).
Physicals and Immunizations
Physical Exams are required for all incoming kindergarten and 6th grade students and all students entering school in Illinois for the first time. Physicals must be dated within one year from the first day of school and must be completed on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam, not IHSA Sports Physical form. This is due on or before the first day of school. Students without a physical exam will be excluded from school attendance.
Illinois State Law requires all 6th grade students to provide proof of having received a meningococcal vaccine prior to entry into school. A second meningococcal vaccination is required after your child’s 16th birthday. Please contact your student’s health care provider if you are unsure of the status of your child’s immunizations.
Vision and Hearing Screenings
These screenings are mandated by the state for all students receiving special education services, students new to the district, or teacher or parent referrals. Hearing screening is mandated by the state of Illinois for all students in grades K-3 and is recommended for students in even grades. Vision screening is mandated for students in kindergarten who do not have proof in their school health file of a vision exam performed by a vision specialist within the last year, and for all students in grades 2 and 8. Vision screening is recommended for all students in even grades. At NGSD66 we provide free vision and hearing screening for students in required and mandated grades. Testing will begin after Labor Day of the school year and continue until all mandatory screenings have been completed. Parents will be notified if there are any abnormal findings. These are only screenings and should never replace a thorough exam by your doctor. If your child already wears (or should be wearing) glasses or hearing aids, please let the school nurse know.