Susan Pacelli, R.N. B.S. N.
Westmont High School has a R.N. on duty from 7:46 a.m. until 2:46 p.m. The school nurse, under the School code of Illinois, works closely with all staff, utilizing the school health program to contribute significantly to the attainment of optimum health and safety, so that the maximum educational potential of each student is reached. The Nurse’s office is located near the front entrance of the school, next to Mr. Baldermann’s office. The office number is 630-468-8110, FAX number 630-654-2758.
- Monitoring and assisting students with everyday health issues, as well as those with more challenging physical needs.
- Administration of medications.
- Maintaining and monitoring student immunization and health records.
- Promoting awareness of health concerns to students and staff.
- Maintaining and monitoring physcian’s orders regarding mental, physical or emotional conditions that may limit student participation in a class and /or extra- curricular activity.
Vision and Hearing screening: Vision and Hearing screening will be provided for Special Education students and foster children that are required by the state to have annual vision and hearing screenings. We also screen students for special education case studies, in addition to students who are referred by a classroom teacher and/or counselor.
Physical Exam/Immunization Requirements: The School Code of Illinois requires each student entering 9th grade to have a physical exam completed by a MD, DO, Advanced Practice Nurse, or Physicians’ Assistant, on file in the health office by the state mandated date of October 15th. The “Medical History” section must be completed by a parent or legal guardian, and the remaining components by the health care provider. The health record must include dates of all required immunizations. Please note for the 2013/2014 school year a Tdap immunization is required for all 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and any transfer students into those grades as well.
Transfer student requirements: Students transferring from an Illinois school must bring a copy of their 9th grade physical, and complete immunization record. Students transferring from schools out-of-state or country have 30 days from their first day of enrollment to obtain a physical exam, up-to-date immunizations and a Vision exam.
Health Concerns: It is important to identify any health concerns, allergies or medications on the back side of the physical form. Please call the school nurse to identify/discuss any serious chronic health issues that your student may have prior to the start of the school year. Throughout the school year, it is critical to immediately notify the health office of any changes in medical conditions or medications.
Medications: If your child requires medications during the school day, a medication permission for must be filled out by the parent and prescribing doctor. Students are prohibited from carrying medications or keeping medications in their locker. Only those students who are authorized may carry Epi-pens and/or rescue inhalers.Thanks for your cooperation!Susan Pacelli, R.N. B.S. N.Graduated from Northern Illinois UniversityFormerly Employed by Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood(630) 468-8110Email email@example.comForms
Announcements from the Health Office
There have been a few cases of "mono", Mononucleosis diagnosed here at the high school. It is spread by contact with saliva, mucous and tears. "Mono" has been named the "kissing disease". If your child has a definitive diagnosis of Mononucleosis, they should refrain from kissing anyone, sharing drinking glasses, water bottles, eating utensils and toothbrushes. People with 'mono" may be contagious while they are experiencing symptoms and up to a few months afterwards. Symptoms include but are not limited to: a severe sore throat, chronic high fever, extreme fatigue, sleepiness, swollen glands, and muscle weakness. Because Mononucleosis is caused by a virus, the only treatment is self-care. Your child will need to get plenty of bed-rest, throat lozenges for the sore throat. Tylenol and Ibuprofen will help bring the fever down, and help the throat pain . Never give a child Aspirin, it can cause Reyes Syndrome. Avoid contact sports and heavy lifting, this may cause the spleen to rupture.