Health Services

To ensure the health and well-being of our students, District 401 has put into place an array of policies and services devoted to that goal.

Leading the way are the District's nurses, one of whom is on staff at each of our schools.

Where You Can Find Our Nurses




Early Childhood Center

Ms. Theresa Nitti


Elmwood Elementary School

Ms. Barb Jerzyk


John Mills Elementary School

Ms. Vicky Gillespie


Elm Middle School

Ms. Amy Cleff-Holic


Elmwood Park High School

Ms. Barbara Meilinger


What Our Nurses Do

Our nurses fulfill the following responsibilities in compliance with all applicable District policies:

► They assess the needs of each student. If medication is required during the school day, the nurse administers the medication or assists the student as needed.

► They assist students who become ill or injured during the school day. This means administering first aid as needed, calling for emergency services if required and notifying the parents.

► They work closely with parents and Aramark food services (the District's food-service vendor) to manage any food allergies.

► They monitor immunization compliance for the health and safety of all students.  

How Parents/Guardians Can Help

At the same time, parents and guardians can assist our nurses by doing the following:

► Provide your school nurse with a current phone number and be available at that number during the school day.

► In case of student illness while at school, arrange for your student to be picked up from school within 30 minutes.

► Fill out the Medication in School Form if your student needs to take medication while at school. Bring in the medication in the original container. The container should show the prescription and directions.

► Provide your school nurse with an allergy plan and any medications if needed.

► Provide your school nurse with a current health certificate filled out by your child’s doctor — showing immunizations and physical examination — and a signed health history.

Reasons a Student Should Stay Home

List of reasons to stay home from school

To Learn More

For additional information about health services in District 401, please visit the pages listed below, or click the links located in the left-hand column.

► Student Health FAQ

► Health Forms

► Examinations & Immunizations

► Required Immunization Data

► Taking Medications at School

► Food Allergy Management

► Wellness Program