Health Services

MESSAGE TO PARENTS FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSES: Parents, please remember that flu season can last until May. We have seen a steady increase in students with flu-like symptoms. Call your doctor for advice. It's not too late to get a flu shot! (Message posted Feb. 11, 2020.)

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:

Keep us up to date 
Provide your school nurse with a current phone number and be available at that number during the school day.

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

Inform us 
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.

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

Make it official
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 in the section below, or click the links located in the left-hand column.