Health Services

Elmwood’s school nurse is Ms. Barb Jerzyk. She can be reached by phone at 708-583-6255, or by email at this address.

What Our Nurse Does

To ensure the health and well-being of Elmwood students while they are at school, our nurse fulfills the following responsibilities in compliance with all applicable District 401 policies:

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

► She assists 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.

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

► She monitors 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 nurse by doing the following:

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

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

Reasons to Keep Your Child at Home

Not sure when you should keep your child out of school for medical reasons? Our nurse offers these guidelines:

Vomiting: Keep your child home if vomiting occurs more than once in a 24-hour period. Your child may return 24 hours after the last episode.

Fever: Keep your child home until his or her temperature has remained under 100.0 Fahrenheit without medication for 24 hours.

Rashes: Keep your child home until rashes have been evaluated by a physician, especially if a rash is accompanied by itchiness or fever.

Sore throat: Keep your child home if a sore throat is accompanied by fever or swollen glands.

For More Information

To learn more about our health services, 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