Each District 211 school operates a well-equipped health center under the supervision of a registered nurse. The health center is open daily to treat illness, injury, or provide consultations. School nurses may be contacted directly at:
High School District 211 has a first-day exclusion policy. All students must be in compliance with all required physical examinations and immunizations prior to the first day of school attendance. Students not in compliance will be excluded from class until verification of vaccination and physical exam is received by the school nurse. Students who transfer from schools outside the state of Illinois are granted 30 days to become compliant with the requirements set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Listed below are the revised immunization requirements for students entering 9th through 12th grades beginning in the fall of 2014. Additionally, a summary of the immunization status for District 211 is provided.
Immunization Law Change
Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, all incoming 12th graders will be required to show proof of receiving two meningococcal vaccines. Meningococcal disease describes infections caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, also called meningococcus. While best known as the cause of meningitis, it carries a high mortality rate if untreated, but is vaccine-preventable.
The first vaccine should have been given on or after your child’s 11th birthday and the second vaccine on or after your child’s 16th birthday. If your child has not received the meningococcal vaccine, then one dose on or after their 16th birthday will be required before he or she begins the school year. Immunizations given before your child’s 11th or 16th birthday will not be compliant with the Illinois School Code.
High School District 211 has a first-day exclusion policy. In order for parents to complete the registration process and enable their student to begin attending school on the first day, proof of the student having received the meningococcal vaccine must be on file in the nurse’s office. Contact your physician or refer to your child’s school immunization record by using the Infinite Campus parent portal if there are questions regarding when or if your child received the meningococcal vaccine. (en Español)
Beginning October 16, 2015, parents or guardians who wish to seek a religious exemption for vaccines or physicals must complete the Certification of Religious Exemption form. Public Act 099-0249 requires that parents and guardians who object to required immunizations on religious grounds complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption that must also be signed by a physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant. The certificate also requires a parent or guardian signature to attest to the understanding that their son/daughter may be excluded from school in the case of a vaccine preventable disease outbreak or exposure. This Certificate of Religious form must be completed to meet the state law requirements when students are entering the ninth grade in high school. This form will also be required if the State of Illinois changes the immunization requirement for your child while they are enrolled in high school.
View and print the Certificate of Religious Exemption here.
Questions about immunizations and the immunization law change should be directed to your high school nurse.
Township High School District 211 is required by the Illinois State Board of Education to make its District Immunization Summary available to the public. School-level immunization data is available, and requests should be made by contacting Associate Superintendent for Student Services, Mark Kovack at 847-755-6614 or via email.
Verification of physical examination must be completed on the approved form from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This form is mailed to all parents of incoming 9th grade students in February of each year. For your convenience, a copy of this form is provided here as well. An Illinois High School Association (IHSA) sports physical form may not be submitted for 9th grade enrollment purposes as it lacks much of the required information regarding a student’s health history and status.
Periodically, increased occurence of some communicable disease is noted within the county or region. Information provided by the Cook County Department of Public Health or the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the symptoms and prevention of these illnesses is provided here for your information.
September Is National Suicide Prevention Month
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Globally, in 2012, suicide was the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 years age group.
The psychological pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved. If you or someone close to you is facing challenges in these areas, we encourage you to seek assistance. We want people who are despairing and thinking about suicide to know that there is help available. All you need to do is to ask for help.
If you are facing an immediate emergency call 911.
In other cases, these resources may be helpful.
24 Hour Crisis Line 847-377-8088
Suicide Hotline 800-784-2433
Hospital Treatment Programs
Alexian Brothers Hospital 800-432-5005
Northwest Community Hospital 847-618-1000
Streamwood Behavioral Health Hospital 630-837-9000
Community Counseling Services
Catholic Charities 847-376-2100
Jewish Family Services 847-392-8820
Kenneth Young Center 630-524-8800
Lutheran Family Services 847-640-7954
Schaumburg Family Counseling 847-524-1505
Mobile Dentistry Services
Present economic challenges may cause hardships for many District 211 families. More families than ever qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, more checks are being returned for non-sufficient funds in checking accounts, and the District’s homeless population continues to increase each year. When families face the difficulties of paying for basic living necessities, receiving adequate medical and dental care is often not possible.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic and infectious disease among children and can lead to other health complications. Eighty-five percent of all decay in kids occurs among low-income students. With proper cleaning and sealant application, a significant percentage of future tooth decay can be
High School District 211 and Smile Illinois, a mobile dentistry program, have entered into an agreement to provide services within District 211. The Smile Illinois mobile dentistry program provides onsite, school-based, dental outreach services to students who might not otherwise receive dental care. The program utilizes locally-licensed dentists and hygienists who employ the latest technology. Services provided can include a thorough dental examination or screening, dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants. The program utilizes grants for students with financial need for these dental services. Smile Illinois will serve District 211 students with its on-site program in the fall. Scheduling for the 2015-2016 school year will be released a few weeks after the start of the new school year. For more information, please contact your school nurse.