Important Health Information

2018/2019 DENTAL EXAMS

This is a reminder that all students in grades kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades will need to submit a dental exam by May 15th, 2019. Please make appointments now as the wait is up to 3 months for basic exam appointments.

Reminders will be sent out in January 2019.

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.

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


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 receive a 2nd treatment in a week.
7. Manteno CUSD No. 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 visit the IL Department of Public Health Guidelines.


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 re-screened 2 weeks later, if they fail that screening they are referred to an optometrist or ophthalmologist for a comprehensive vision exam.

HEARING-If a student fails the first hearing screening they are re-screened 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

PARENTS: MAKE SURE AN EYE EXAM IS ON YOUR CHILD'S ‘TO-DO LIST' FOR THE SUMMER - A LAW IN ILLINOIS REQUIRES IT

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

1. Are there forms for the vision exams?
Yes, your ophthalmologist or optometrist should have these forms.

2. Are vision exams required for Kindergarten? 
Yes, exams must be completed by an opthamoloist or an optometrist

3. Hearing and Vision screenings are mandated for which grades?
Vision and hearing screenings vary per grade levels

5. Physicals are needed for which grades?
Jumpstart, Kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades

6. What are the dental requirements for students?
Dental exams are mandated for Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades

7. What's the difference between a school physical and a sport physical?
​Sport Physical - SPORTS ONLY
​School Physical -  monitored by the State of Illinois