York Community High School

Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday    

7:15am-3:40pm

Room#: C154

Health Services Fax#:

630-782-6594

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Other Services Provided in the Health Services Office

Medication Care: Nurses

Vision and Hearing: Nurses

Physical Education Waivers: Secretary

Elevator Key Distribution: Secretary

Requests for copies of medical records/Secretary

News

9/21/18

Parents and students can access lice information on the school website under Health and Safety. 

 

There have been a few cases of lice at York High School.  Please take the time to check your child for any signs and symptoms.  See information below from DuPage County Health Department.  

 

 

Lice (Head) Pediculosis Fact Sheet

 

Cause:  Pediculus humanus capitis, a louse. The life cycle of the louse is divided into three phases:

 

1. nits: eggs laid by adult females and are cemented at the base of the hair shaft nearest to the scalp, usually within 6 mm. Takes 1 week to hatch. Difficult to see but are oval and usually yellow to white.

 

2. nymph: hatched egg; resembles an adult but much smaller; matures in 9 - 12 days. Must feed on blood to survive.

 

3. adult: louse grows to about the size of a sesame seed, has 6 clawed legs, and is tan to grayish-white. It can live up to 30 days on the infested head and needs to feed on blood several times per day; it will die within 1-2 days off the host.

 

Lice infestation is most common in children 3 to 12 years of age. Girls get head lice more often than boys, women more often than men. They are found most commonly on the scalp behind the ears, at the nape of the neck. They are rarely found on the body, eyelashes, or eyebrows.

 

Symptoms: Itching of the scalp and neck. Look for:

*Crawling lice in the hair, usually few in number

*Eggs (nits) glued to the hair, often found at the back of the neck *Scratch marks on the scalp or back of neck at hairline

 

Spread: By direct contact with the head of another infested person. Indirect spread through contact with personal belongings of an infested person (as, combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bedding) is less likely but can occur. Transmission most often occurs among household members because of the close proximity of living conditions.

 

Lice do not jump or fly; they crawl and can fall off the head. Lice do not live longer than 48 hours off the head. They lay their eggs only while on the head. Nits which are more than ¼” from the scalp are dead or empty and will not hatch. Also, eggs do not hatch if they have fallen off. Lice do not spread to or from pets as they do not become infested. However, pets may carry the lice from one person to another. Avoid close contact with pets and refrain from permitting animals to sleep with household members during an infestation. Do not treat animals with medicines for humans.

 

Incubation Period: Eggs (nits) hatch in 7 – 10 days.

 

Period of Communicability:  Until treated with lice–killing medication, crawling forms of the louse are communicable; the nits are not.

 

Diagnosis: Head lice infestation is confirmed by inspecting the scalp and hair for the presence of nits, nymphs or live adult lice. Finding a nymph or an adult louse may be difficult because there are few of them and they move very quickly. If nits are visible farther than 6 mm from the scalp and no nymphs or adult lice are seen, the infestation is a past infestation and does not require treatment. If nits are discovered in the hair, but live lice are not seen, they can be re-inspected periodically for live lice. Adequate lighting should be used for the inspection as well as disposable sticks used to adequately separate the hair. A thorough examination may take several minutes.

 

Treatment: Pediculicides, either lice-killing shampoo or lotion, either purchased over-thecounter or by prescription (from a physician). Instructions must be followed carefully. Shampooing should be rinsed off over a sink rather than in a shower or tub, and with cool rather than warm water, to reduce skin absorption of the pediculicides. Do not use crème rinse before doing the treatment.

 

If live lice are seen after treatment, try a different brand.

 

For some medications, a second treatment is needed 7 – 10 days later to kill nits that have survived the first treatment.

 

Remove nits from the hair with a fine-toothed comb.

 

Wait 1-2 days before shampooing the hair but then shampoo at least twice a week for 2 weeks. Vigorously combing out the wet hair seems to slow down the lice.

 

Avoid over-use of pediculicides to avoid toxic exposure.

 

Prevention/Control:

 

1. Avoid sharing hair care items, towels, bedding, clothing, hats, and headgear.

 

2. Hang clothing in individual lockers or on assigned coat hooks. Hooks should be spaced at least 12 inches apart so that clothing does not touch.

 

3. Clean items such as clothing, furniture or carpeting that have come in contact with the head of the infested person in the 24 to 48 hours before treatment. Wash, soak or dry items at temperatures 130º F to kill stray lice or nits. Furniture, carpeting, car seats, etc., may be vacuumed. Items that cannot be washed can be dry cleaned or bagged in plastic for 2 weeks, by which time any nits that may have survived would have hatched and nymphs would be without food source. Pediculicide spray should not be used because the chemical exposure cannot be controlled. Nits are unlikely to incubate and hatch at room temperatures. Major cleaning measures are unnecessary.

 

Exclusion:  NOT NECESSARY

 

Lice infestation poses little risk to others and does not have a resulting health problem for the infested person. The person should be discouraged from having close direct head contact with others until the problem has resolved. Mass screenings, blanket notification to others of the situation, restricting use of safety helmets are not justified responses.

 

A parent/guardian/person should be notified of the situation at the end of the day and that prompt, proper treatment of the condition is in the best interest of the child and of his/her classmates/housemates and/or family. The person may return to the activities after the treatment is complete. The person’s head should be re-inspected 7-10 days later; if there is evidence of live lice or additional nits, the process of exclusion and treatment should be repeated. If the problem persists after the second treatment, a different product should be used. If the problem continues after the new product treatment, then a physician should be consulted for further advice.

 

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Holmes, Christine (630) 617-2435 Nurse
Nassopoulos, Athanasia (630) 617-2332 ex.x2332 School Nurse
Patti, MaryAnn (630) 617-2438 Health Services Secretary

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Medication Care

**No medications will be administered without the   appropriate forms on file in our office**

Students in need of daily or "as needed" medication require Doctor's orders and permission forms on file.     This includes Tylenol, allergy, Midol, or any over the counter medication. Per school policy, students in possesion of any "drug" will be referred to the Deans office for disciplinary action.  

The medication forms are available above. Please note that there are forms for self-administration(EpiPens, or inhalers only), and for staff administration (everything else). Once the forms are completed and signed by both the Doctor and parent/guardian, the forms and medication(in its original bottle) must be brought into our office. The forms and medication are only kept for the current school year, and must be renewed yearly. All medications need to be picked up at the end of the school year or they will be destroyed. If you have questions please call one of  the school nurses.

Medical Records

If you are in need of copies of your student's records please contact our office secretary. If she is unavailable, leave a message/email with the following information:

  1. Student's name-please spell
  2. Student's id#
  3. The year that your student will graduate/has graduated-per the HIPPA act, any student over the age of 18 must request their files themselves-parents no longer have access
  4. Contact person's name and phone #
  5. How you would like to receive this information:
  • fax #:
  • email address
  • home address

This information is not available during the Summer break.

Health Services Mission

Health Services are available to all York students and staff for health counseling and immediate care for illnesses and accidents occurring during school hours.    All incoming freshman and new student physical forms are verified in our office for compliance with Illinois State laws.

Student Visit Policy

All students who come to the office for an illness or accident must have a pass from the class they are missing with the exception of an emergency. Students are not allowed to come in during the passing period. The only exception is during their lunch period. Each student is asked to sign in and then will see one of our nurses. The nurse will assess the student to determine the appropriate action to be taken. If the student is being released to go home, we must speak with a parent/guardian or an emergency contact; that has been designated by their parent.

Vision and Hearing

Illinois State law mandates that the following high school students be screened for vision and hearing on an annual basis: ALL SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS, NEW and TRANSFER STUDENTS.

The screening process is ongoing throughout the school year and is administered by a certified vision and hearing technician. Vision screening is not a substitute for regular professional examinations by an eye doctor. Your student is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months. We do require a copy of the evaluation to be on file at the school. This notice is not permission to test and is not required to be returned.  

Physical Education Waivers

Physician's orders for a student to be exempt from gym due to an accident or illness should be brought to our office secretary. Please do not turn them into their p.e. teacher, coach or counselor as this information should be maintained in the student's medical file. Parent notes are not accepted in our office, but should be shown directly to the p.e. teacher.

The Doctor's note needs to have a time frame (beginning and ending date), as we have different types of waivers. Once submitted, we will determine which waiver is best suited for your student. Please keep us updated to any changes.  We will send a reminder to your student when he/she needs to return to pe several days prior to the ending date. Please call our secretary with any questions or concerns.

Elevator Key Distribution

When a student has sustained an injury or illness that requires the use of the elevators, they can be obtained in our Secretary's office. Have your student bring in a Doctor note with the reason for this, then the key will be issued. There is a $10 deposit required at this time which will be reimbursed at the time the key is returned. If the key is lost or not returned your deposit will be used to purchase a replacement.