Health Services Overview
District 203 Health Service Philosophy
School Health Services recognize that an individual’s education and growth is related to their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
District 203 believes:
- Each individual is valuable and the development of his/her potential is the first responsibility of education.
- The acquisition of skills necessary to maintain a healthy state is a cardinal component of education.
- An effective school health program requires the cooperative involvement of family, school, community agencies, and medical disciplines.
- School Health Services provides a unique contribution to the development of concepts of wellness in students, families, and community.
- A maturing student should be able to face social situations and life problems with increasing judgment as to his/ her role and acceptance of it. Recognition of health issues should be fostered as a civic responsibility.
Certified School Nurse (CSN)
The Certified School Nurse (CSN) is a Bachelor’s-prepared registered nurse who has a multi-faceted role within the school setting. This role supports the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of students and their success in the learning process. To that end, school nurses facilitate normal development and positive student response to interventions, promote health and safety including a healthy environment, intervene with actual and potential health problems, provide case management services, and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning. District 203 school nurses are Bachelor’s- or Master’s-prepared registered nurses who also hold a Professional Educator License endorsed in School Nursing as defined by the Illinois State Board of Education. School nurses are certified vision and hearing screening technicians through the Illinois Department of Public Health and American Heart Association CPR/AED instructors. See the School Nurse Roles and Responsibilities page for details.
Health Technicians provide clerical assistance and technical support in school health offices and optimize the delivery of comprehensive school health services. Health Technicians work under the direction of the Certified School Nurse. All health technicians are CPR/AED and First Aid certified. Health technicians may also be certified vision and hearing screeners. See the Health Technician Roles and Responsibilities page for details.
Health UpdatesInformation on Pertussis (whooping cough)
Information on Gastrointestinal (GI) IllnessThe DuPage County Health Department is recommending increased awareness and actions to help control and prevent the spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illness, toward keeping our community safe and healthy. GI illness, often confused with the “flu” or “stomach flu,” is common year round--especially during fall, winter, and spring months.Please see the GI Illness Fact Sheet for details about preventing influenza and the Hoja Informative de GI Illness for this information in Spanish.
Information on Measles- DuPage County Health DepartmentThe DuPage County Health Department has recently shared some timely information regarding the measles virus to increase awareness, disease recognition and reporting, and the importance of prevention. Please see the attached documents for more information. You may also visit the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/measles/) or your child’s health care provider for additional information.
Information on Influenza- DuPage County Health DepartmentPlease see the Influenza Fact Sheet for details about preventing influenza and the Hoja Informativa de Influenza for this information in Spanish.Information on Respiratory Illness- DuPage County Health DepartmentWith the recent increase in respiratory illness reports in many parts of the nation and Illinois, alongside the upcoming cold and flu season, the DuPage County Health Department is recommending increased awareness and actions to help control and prevent the spread of illness, toward keeping our students and community safe and healthy.Please see the Respiratory Illness Fact Sheet for details on how you can help protect yourself and your child from respiratory illnesses.Por favor, consulte Hoja de Datos de Enfermedades Respiratorias para obtener más información sobre cómo puede ayudar a proteger a usted ya su hijo a causa de enfermedades respiratorias.