Important Health Information



The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as: A specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.

Council on School Health

2021/2022 Dental Exam Notice

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Please be advised that dental exams for Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th and 9th grades will be accepted up to  May 15, 2022  for the 2021/2022 school year.  


School Year 2021/22 DENTAL EXAMS

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This is a reminder that all students in grades Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th and 9th grades will need to submit a dental exam by May 15th, 2022. Please make appointments as soon as able, as the wait time for exams could be quite lengthy .   

Reminders will be sent out during January 2022.


Click on the link below to access a Dental Form: - English  - Spanish

Asthma Inhalers and Epi-Pens
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PUBLIC ACT 096-1460

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

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

2. The parents or guardians of the student 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, and/or for use of an epinephrine auto-injector, a written statement from the students physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse.
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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.

Click here to see the full Public Act 096-1460.

Asthma Response Policy

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How is LICE handled in the schools?

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Parent Notification and Information Regarding Head Lice

In the Manteno schools, head lice found on students is handled discreetly in the following steps:

1.  Classes are checked or a parent has called to report  that their child has head lice.
2.   The specific class is then screened  and scalp checks are completed. 
3.   If a student is found in the class with head 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.  The student may return the next day after treatment.  The student is to receive a 2nd treatments in  7 days.   
4.  A printed direction sheet is given to the parent as well as a sheet explaining head lice.
5.   A lice notice is sent home in that specific class.

Manteno CUSD #5  has a "No lice policy" which follows the Illinois Department of Public Health, Communicable Disease Guide directions.  This policy is a Board Policy.

 According to the American Pediatric Association, lice checks are to be done regularly in the homes instead of in the schools. Lice cases are commonly limited to a single child/family and are not necessarily spread in the school setting.   Please check your children's hair and scalp 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.  Most lice cases are isolated and do not involve numerous students within classes.

If you have any concerns please contact the health office at your child's school or visit the IL Department of Public Health Guidelines.

Vision and Hearing Facts

Vision-Jumpstart,  Pre-school, Kindergarten, 2nd, 8th, and all student who have IEP's have appropriate vision screenings based on their ages and abilities.

Hearing-Jumpstart, Pre-school, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades and all students who have IEP's have hearing screenings based on their ages and abilities.

VISION Concerns-If a student fails the first vision screening they are re-screened 2 weeks later, parents are notified and informed of the screening concerns.  If the student fails a second screening they are referred to an optometrist or ophthalmologist for a comprehensive vision exam.
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HEARING Concerns-If a student fails the first hearing screening they are re-screened 2 weeks later, parents are informed of the hearing screening concern.  Parents are advised to have the student's ears examined. Many times students fail hearing screenings due to wax build-up, allergies, seasonal cold symptoms or infections.  If the student fails the second screening, a 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.
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Children who have difficulty seeing and hearing in the classrooms have difficulty learning and performing in the classroom 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 Here for Eye Examination Form

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between a school physical and a sport physical?

A school sport's physical is valid for 395 days from the date  the sport physical was completed.

What is involved in a sports physical?

A sports physical is different than the annual physical because it focuses on reviewing your child’s current health status and medical history to ensure that your child is healthy enough to play his or her sport. Your physician will review any preexisting injuries and assess your child’s current fitness level to determine that there is no risk for your child playing his or her sport.  The areas of focus during your child’s sports physical typically include:

  • *Height and weight
  • *Vision and hearing
  • *Heart health
  • *Blood pressure
  • *Muscle and bone health, flexibility and strength
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A school physical is valid for 365 days from the date the physical was completed.

What is involved in an annual physical and school physical?

An annual physical is different from a sports physical because it not only focuses on the physical health of your child but the developmental, emotional and social aspects of your child’s health as well. Your physician will focus on the overall health of your child by doing a complete physical examination and go over your family’s medical history to make sure preventative health measures are in place if necessary. A full assessment of your child’s cognitive and social milestones will be looked at to ensure proper development in those areas. Your physician may also use this time to discuss important topics revolving around drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, healthy relationships and puberty. Developing a healthy and trusting relationship with your child is an important aspect of your child’s annual exam for physicians. The areas of focus and topics discussed during your child’s annual exam should include those listed above from your child’s sports physical, plus the following:

  • *Health history
  • *Immunization
  • *Lab work, if needed
  • *Behavioral and developmental screening, if needed
  • *Nutrition and sleep habits
  • *Preventative health
  • *Adolescent issues