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2017/2018 DENTAL EXAMS


This is a reminder that all students in grades kindergarten2nd and 6th grades will need to submit a dental exam

by May 15th, 2018. Please make appointments now as the wait is up to 3 months for basic exam appointments. 

Reminders will be sent out in January 2018.   

Click on the link below to access a Dental form:

http://www.idph.state.il.us/HealthWellness/oralhlth/DentalExamProof10.pdf  English

http://www.idph.state.il.us/HealthWellness/oralhlth/DentalExamProof_Sp10.pdf  Spanish 

Asthma and Epi-pens


 PUBLIC ACT 096-1460

A school, whether public or nonpublic, must permit the self-administration of medication by a pupil with asthma or the use of an epinephrine auto-injector by the pupil, provided that: 

1.  The parents or guardians of the pupil provide to the school written authorization from the parents or guardians for the self-administration of medication or for the use of an epinephrine auto-injector, written authorization from the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse; and

2.  the parents or guardians of the pupil provide to the school the prescription label, which must contain the name of the medication, the prescribed dosage, and the time at which or circumstances under which the medication is to be administered, or for use of an epinephrine auto-injector, a written statement from the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse...The information provided shall be kept on file in the office of the school nurse or, in the absence of a school nurse, the school administrator.

To see the full Public Act 096-1460 refer to the internet.



Visit www.PreventChildhoodInfluenza.org or www.flufacts.com 

  This FLU includes symptoms of fever, body aches, dry cough, fatigue.  If your child has symptoms please call your pediatrician for diagnosis and treament. This type of flu also includes Types A, B and other serious HN types and can cause pneumonia as well.

The stomach flu (gastroenteritis) may occur as well.  This stomach flu always causes stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting as well as diarrhea and fever.  Vomiting, diarrhea and fever can cause dehydration which can be very serious in elementary aged children.

Be prepared at home with "flu-friendly foods" such as oyster crackers, pretzels, dry toast, tea, warm broths, lemon lime soda, gatorade, popsicles are a few idea to keep on hand. 



Food Allergies: Just the Facts


Many of the things we think we know about food allergy are really just myths--stories that we hear often but aren't based on science. This handout will help you learn the facts about food allergies.

Myth Number 1: Food allergy is very common.

Fact: Although 25 percent of people think they're allergic to certain foods, studies show that about only 6 percent of children and 2 percent of adults have a food allergy. A true food allergy is a reaction triggered by the immune system (the part of your body that fights infection). Far more people simply have a food intolerance, which is unpleasant symptoms triggered by food (but does not involve the immune system).

Myth Number 2: Most people who have food allergies are allergic to strawberries and tomatoes.

Fact: Although people can be allergic to any kind of food, most food allergies are caused by tree nuts, peanuts, cow's milk, eggs, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.

Myth Number 3: Some people are allergic to sugar.

Fact: A condition is called a food allergy when the immune system thinks a certain protein in a food is a "foreign" agent and fights against it. This doesn't happen with sugars and fats.

Myth Number 4: Milk allergy is very common in adults.

Fact: Milk allergy is much more common in children than in adults. However, most children outgrow the allergy by 2 or 3. Symptoms of milk allergy include hives, vomiting and breathing problems after consuming a dairy product. Many adults may experience symptoms similar to milk allergy, as adults often have trouble digesting the sugar in milk. This is called "lactose intolerance." It isn't a true allergy. The symptoms of lactose intolerance are bloating, cramping, nausea, gas and diarrhea.

Myth Number 5: People who have food allergies are allergic to many foods.

Fact: Most people with food allergies are allergic to fewer than 4 foods.

Myth Number 6: Food allergy makes people hyperactive.

Fact: The most common immediate symptoms of food allergy are hives (large bumps on the skin), swelling, itchy skin, itchiness or tingling in the mouth, a metallic taste in the mouth, coughing, trouble breathing or wheezing, throat tightness, diarrhea and vomiting. The person may also feel that something bad is going to happen, have pale skin because of low blood pressure or lose consciousness. The most common chronic illnesses associated with food allergies are eczema and asthma.

Myth Number 7: Allergy to food dye is common.

Fact: Natural foods cause the most allergic reactions. Studies have found that some food additives, such as tartrazine, or yellow No. 5 and aspartame (brand name: NutraSweet), an artificial sweetener, do cause problems in some people.

Myth Number 8: Food allergy is either lifelong or is always outgrown.

Fact: Children usually outgrow allergies to milk, eggs, soybean products and wheat. However, people rarely outgrow allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

Myth Number 9: Food allergy is not dangerous.

Fact: Food allergy can be fatal if it is severe enough to cause a reaction called anaphylaxis (say: "anna-phil-ax-iss"). This reaction blocks the airways and makes it hard for a person to breathe. Fast treatment with a medicine called epinephrine (say: "epp-in-eff-rin") can save your life. If you or your child has a severe allergy, your doctor might give you a prescription for epinephrine self-injection pens. Your doctor can show you how and when to use the pen. If your doctor thinks you might need to use this medicine, you'll need to carry one with you at all times.

A person having an allergic reaction should be taken by ambulance to a hospital emergency room, because the symptoms can start again hours after the epinephrine is given.

Once a true food allergy is diagnosed, avoid the food that caused it. If you have an allergy, you must read the labels on all the prepared foods you eat. Your doctor can help you learn how to avoid eating the wrong foods. If your child has food allergies, give the school and other caretakers instructions that list what foods to avoid and what to do if the food is accidentally eaten.

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Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff.

Manifestations of Food Allergy: Evaluation and Management by SH Sicherer, M.D. (American Family Physician January 15, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990115ap/415.html)

Reviewed/Updated: 04/08
Created: 09/00

Copyright © 2000-2008 American Academy of Family Physicians

LICE-Illinois Dept. Public Health Guidelines

How is LICE handled in the schools?

Parent Notification and Information regarding Head Lice


In the Manteno schools, head lice is handled in this way:

1.  Classes are checked or a parent calls to state that their child has head lice.

2.  If a student is found with lice, a call is made to the parent to pick the child up from school for treatment.   The child is not told and neither is the class.

3. A printed direction sheet is given to the parent as well as a sheet explaining head lice.

4.  Usually, in a week, a lice notice is sent home in that specific class.

5.  The student may return the next day after treatment.

6.  The student is to recieve a 2nd treatment in a week. 

7.  Manteno CUSD #5 has a "No LICE policy" which follows the Illinois Department of Public Health, Communicable Disease Guide directions.

8.  According to the American Pediatric Association, lice checks are to be done regularly in the homes instead of in the schools.  Lice cases are normally limited to a single child/family and are not spread in the schools.  Please check your children regularly. 

Please read the Illinois Department of Communicable Disease Guidelines explaining how students with head lice are handled in Illinois school districts. This is an informational notice only and does not incur that there are many students with lice in the school district.  Most lice cases are isolated and do not involve numerous students within classes.  If you have any concerns please e-mail the health office at kcouch@manteno5.org or check out the guidelines by going to


Vision and Hearing Facts


This is an explanation of which grades are screened for vision and hearing concerns each school year and what to do if a child fails a screening.

Vision-Jumpstart, Headstart, Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 8th grade and all student who have IEP's.

Hearing-Jumpstart, Headstart, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades and all students who have IEP's.

VISION-If a student fails the first vision screening they are rescreened 2 weeks later, if they fail that screening they are referred to an optomotrist or opthamologist for a comprehensive vision exam. 

HEARING-If a student fails the first hearing screening they are rescreened 2 weeks later, if they fail that screening then Threshold testing is completed and the results sent to the parents.  The Threshold testing results and your child then go to an ENT Doctor or to an Educational Audiologist. 

Children who have difficulty seeing and hearing in the classrooms have difficulty learning and performing on evaluations as well as participating socially while at school.  Please follow up with a physician if your child has these concerns.



Vision Exams for Kindergarten

Illinois Optometric Association Newsletter 



Is your child one of the 10 million children suffering from vision problems? A new state law aimed at
cutting down on the number of children who unnecessarily suffer from eye and vision disorders
took effect on January 1, 2008. All children beginning kindergarten or first grade for the first time
are required to have an eye examination. Although parents have until October 15 to provide proof
of an eye exam, doctors of optometry are asking parents to make appointments now for their
children to avoid long wait times and to reduce the instances of eye and vision problems going
undiagnosed and untreated in children.

Click on the link below to access an Eye examination Form:



Click on the link below to access information on Fisher-Gentry Eye Care offices:



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