Health Info

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:

  • Palatine High School – Mary Jo Pawlowski, (847) 755-1662
  • William Fremd High School – Lori Papciak, (847) 755-2662
  • James B. Conant High School – Dawna Smeltzer, (847) 755-3662
  • Schaumburg High School – Melanie Hopkins, (847) 755-4662
  • Hoffman Estates High School – Dawn Leach, (847) 755-5662
  • Academy-North/Higgins Education Center – Janice Cluchey, (847) 755-6843

General information about the office

The nurses office is open to students and staff during school hours and is staffed by a school nurse and a health clerk. A student who is ill may obtain a pass from their teacher and go to the nurse’s office. If the student must be sent home, a parent, guardian or other adult listed on the emergency contact list will be notified. Permission must be obtained by the nurses office before a student may leave school.     Please keep your emergency numbers updated.

– Name of the nurse and health clerk

-email addresses, phone and fax numbers

Health Forms and Information

Below are the most commonly requested forms.  

  • Physical form in English and Spanish
  • Diabetic Action Plan
  • Food Allergy Action Plan
  • Seizure action Plan
  • Asthma Action plan
  • Homebound information
  • Immunization requirements
  • Religious exemption form
  • Low cost clinics
  • Medication authorization Prescription and over the counter.
  • Low cost immunization clinic
Medication Guidelines

Prescription and non-prescription medications will be given according to the High School District 211 medication policy. Signed authorization from the student’s physician and parent must be on file in the health services office. Forms are available through the nurse. The school nurse shall administer those medications that are necessary to maintain the student during school hours.

Medication must be brought to the school in the original package and given to the nurse. Medications will be stored in a secure area in the nurse’s office. At the end of the treatment regime, the parent will be responsible for removing any unused medication from the school. If not picked up by the end of the year, the school nurse will dispose of the medications. Township High School District 211 retains the right to reject requests for the administration of medication.

Physical education excuses

If a student is unable to participate in a regular physical education class for more than three days the nurse must be give n a medical excuse from a physician sating the nature and the time limitation of the condition. A parent note is acceptable if the time out of class is three days or less.

Vision and hearing screening

School nurses conduct vision and hearing screenings for all transfer students and students receiving special education services. Most screenings are done in the fall of each school year. Theses screening are not a substitute for a complete examination and evaluation by a doctor. If you wish to not have your child screened for vision and hearing a parent note must be submitted to the nurses office.

Homebound and Hospital Instruction

Home and hospital instruction is a short-term service for students who will be out of school more than 10 school days for medical reasons. A medical certification form signed by a physician must include a diagnosis and the length of absence and be submitted before homebound instruction begins. Requests for homebound instruction should be made through the student services director’s office.

Immunizations and Physical Exam Forms

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 Requirements for 2015-2016

2016 Child Immunization Clinics


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)

Religious Exemptions

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.


Immunization Summary

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.

2015 High School District 211 Immunization Summary


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.

Physical Exams

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.

Physical Exam Form   (en Español)

Physical Exam Form   (en Español)

Health Conditions & Concersn

Teen Pregnancy
High School District 211 is committed to eliminating barriers to the education of pregnant students. Pregnant students are encouraged to continue their education and are eligible for homebound instruction. Pregnant students should contact their nurses office for possible accommodations in physical education class.

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.

More MRSA Info

Mobile Dentistry Services – Smile Illinois
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.

More info and printable sign-up form (en Español)


Suicide Prevention

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

Talkline                                                         800-273-8255


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


Frequently Asked Questions


What do I do when my child is sick?

What do I do when my child is sick?

What to do when your child is ill at school and when to keep your child home.

School attendance is important for effective learning and academic development.  Most children, unless they have a specific medical problem, should only miss a few days of school a year.  It is important to notify the school nurse if your child suffers from a medical problem, particularly if it will impede his/her school performance or attendance.  Absences should be reported to your child’s attendance office or team room. Communicable diseases and hospitalizations should also be reported to the nurse.

Most school-age illness is secondary to viral infection and not life threatening unless the child is immunologically compromised.  If your child has a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, or is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL for at least 24 hours.  Severe pain, infections and rashes also warrant medical consultation.

When do I keep my child home from school?

When do I keep my child home from school?

What if my child is hospitalized?

What if my child is hospitalized?

Under what conditions can my child be excused from P.E. class?

Under what conditions can my child be excused from P.E. class?

What if my child needs to carry medicine in school?

What if my child needs to carry medicine in school?






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