Meet the School Nurses

Mrs Stone, District Nurse
A little bit of information about me:

  • I am available from 7:30-3:30 every school day
  • My main office is located at Northwest Elementary School and I spend the majority of my time at Northwest.         
  • I do travel to Lincoln to see students throughout the day as needed. 
  • I provide all hearing & vision screenings to students in grades as required by the state.
  • In addition I provide all IEP  medical reviews and health assessments.

This  year I'm very happy to welcome, Mrs Maureen Hanson, as our part-time nurse at Lincoln Junior High.  Mrs Hanson will be available to provide daily nursing services to students at Lincoln Jr High from 10:00a-1:00p.
       

Please contact us with any concerns you may have. It is our job to assist you with any health issue or concern that may be affecting your child. If your child has a rash, sore throat, frequent stomachache, anxiety about the new school year or anything else that is causing a health problem or you're just not sure about, please call one of us. If there is something going on at home, new sibling, family member with a serious illness, etc, please let us know. You'd be surprised how many stomachaches, headaches, etc, are linked to a child worrying about something. Please don't ever be afraid to contact the school nurse. We would rather talk with a parent 10 times a day (if needed) than have that parent or student be worrying about something needlessly. Our contact information is located at the bottom of this page.

Some important things to remember:

  • If your child is sick please do not send them to school. See below for guidelines on when to keep your child home.
  • If your child becomes ill during the school day you will be called to pick up your child. Please keep your contact information up to date. If your phone number changes, please let the school know as soon as possible. When kids are sick they just want to go home to their parents, having to stay in the nurse's office and wait for an extended period of time is no fun.
  • LaSalle Elementary Schools does NOT routinely administer medication to students without a physician's order. This includes both prescription & over the counter medications.
  • Students who require medication while at school must have a completed Medication Authorization Form on file with the nurse. Forms are available from the nurse. The form may also be downloaded from my website on the medication during school hours page.
  • If your student has asthma please make sure to contact me to discuss their condition and medications.  Please provide the school with a copy of your child's asthma action plan. A copy of the prescription is required to be on file in the nurse's office. Illiois law allows students to carry their inhalers with them, HOWEVER a back-up inhaler to be kept in the nurse's office is requested. This is for your child's safety. We all know how easy it is to forget something at home.  

What happens in the nurse's office? One of the things we love about our job is that every day is different. We never know what will come through the door next. We do see some students on a daily basis to help them manage their medical needs. However most days are filled with cuts & scrapes, stomachaches, headaches, asthma attacks, and just about anything else you can imagine.

If your child gets hurt at school we will attend to their injury and contact you if needed. Most school injuries are minor. However we may contact you to notify you of the injury, even if your child is well enough to stay at school. Our rule of thumb is, if this were our child and the injury is something we would appreciate being notified about, you will get a call from the nurse.

As stated above LaSalle Elementary Schools does NOT routinely administer medication to students without a physician's order. However there are a few topical medications we use in the nurse's office to attend to students' needs.

Below is a list of medications that we use as needed:

  • Antiseptic wound wash
  • Vaseline
  • Sterile Eye Wash

When should I keep my child home sick? This list is to be used as a guideline and is not all inclusive. It list some common illnesses and symptoms. It is the responsibility of each parent to decide when their child is too ill to attend school. Additional guidelines are listed on my FAQ page.

  • Any fever 100.0 or higher. Students are required to be fever free, without the use of a fever reducing medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes- especially if you are unsure what they are caused by
  • Any wound that is oozing or draining
  • Excessive cough & cold symptoms. If your child is coughing very frequently and/or their nose is running excessively. Remember all kids tend to touch their face, mouth, & nose frequently even if they are not sick.
  • Any eye irritation not related to allergies. Especially if the eye is crusted/matted closed in the morning. This is a symptom of pink eye, which is highly contagious.
  • Any communicable disease, i.e. chicken pox, measles, mumps, whooping cough, etc
  • Any other condition/illness/symptom that could potentially be contagious.

If you are not sure if you should send your child to school, please call myself or Mrs Hanson,  we would be happy to talk with you regarding your child's symptoms.

 

Mrs. Amy Stone, RN      Mrs Maureen Hanson, RN
District Nurse/Northwest Nurse                  Lincoln Jr High Nurse
Phone 815.223.0786 ext 272                         phone 815-223-0786, ext 363