School Wellness Policy | Posted 4/5/17

The NCHS District 18 School Wellness Policy may be downloaded from the following link: School Wellness Policy (PDF)

Back-to-School Immunization Clinics | Posted 3/17/17

The Kendall County Health Department has announced the dates for Back-to-School immunization clinics. Plan ahead for required immunizations by calling to make an appointment. Immunizations at KCHD are offered to those who meet eligibility requirements, which are: 18 years old or younger, enrolled in Medicaid under Title 19, or uninsured, and under-insured. Download the flyer here:

What's Happening in Student Services? | Posted 12/13/16

Student Services consists of the School Counselor (Mrs. McAnally), the School Social Worker (Mr. Fitzer), and the School Nurses (Mrs. Meyer & Mrs. Sapsford.) We offer health and wellness services to all our students. The counselor and social worker, Mrs. McAnally and Mr. Fitzer, can see students individually, in small groups, or in large groups to promote school success academically, to help students map out their post-secondary plans, and to provide social-emotional well-being. The school nurses provide services to promote physical health and well-being. During the spring semester, Mr. Fitzer and Mrs. McAnally will provide services to many students through small and large groups. Small groups planned for the spring are:

  • Anxiety & Stress Management/Self Esteem
  • Study Skills & Test-Taking Strategies
  • Meeting, Making, and Keeping Friends
  • Trouble at Home
Students interested in joining one of these groups should listen to the announcements and watch for advertisements over the next few weeks.

Mr. Fitzer and Mrs. McAnally will also host meetings with students in a large-group setting. Large groups will address the following topics:
  • Positive Interactions
  • Positive Decision-Making Skills/Time Management
  • Drug/Alcohol Use
  • Planning for the Future
  • Transition from 8th Grade to High School
Mr. Fitzer and Mrs. McAnally will address additional topics as needed. The above topics were selected based on the Illinois Youth Survey results for Newark High School and from a Needs Assessment survey given to all students this fall. For more information about the information provided above, please feel free to contact anyone in the Student Services Department with your questions. The school nurses can be reached at 815-695-5164 ext 229; Mr. Fitzer can be reached at 815-695-5164 ext 287; and Mrs. McAnally can be reached at 815-695-5164 ext 226.

Health Office Procedures

School nurses supervise the administration of medications, maintain school health records, and administer emergency first aid when appropriate. When students become ill or injured during the day, they should report it immediately to the teacher and request a pass to the health office. The nurse will contact parents as situations require. Please be sure to keep the school office updated on current phone numbers.

NCHS Medication Policy

Taking medications during school hours is discouraged. When a student's licensed health care provider and parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication during school hours, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child by completing the Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication and Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form (DOC). The information on the form must be the same as that on the prescription container label. NCHS will not accept medication sent to the school in any container other than the container provided by the pharmacy. This policy applies to prescription and over-the-counter medication, including cough drops.

No school or district employee is allowed to administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication and Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form (DOC) is submitted by the student’s parent/guardian. No student is allowed to possess or consume any prescription or non-prescription medication, including medical marijuana, on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this procedure. Students who retain controlled substances on their person on school grounds are subject to the disciplinary policies of Newark Community high School. If a change in the type of drug or dosage is warranted, a new form is to be completed by the parent/guardian and presented to the high school office.

Students with asthma who need an inhaler at school must have an Asthma Action Plan (PDF) and an Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication and Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form (DOC). A student may possess and self-administer inhalers prescribed for him/her by their licensed health care provider if these forms have been signed by their health care provider. All other inhalers will be kept in the Health Office.

Please be sure to notify the school nurse if your student needs an epinephrine auto-injector (such as EpiPen) at school. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan (PDF) must be completed and turned in to the school along with your student’s epinephrine auto-injector. A student may possess and self-administer epinephrine from an auto injector if a Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form has been completed. If Benadryl is needed for allergies, parents must provide it according to the NCHS medication guidelines as outlined above.

Students with diabetes who need insulin injections at school, or who have an insulin pump, must have a Diabetes Medical Management Plan (PDF) completed and turned in to the school along with an Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication and Physician Request for Self-Administration of Medication Form (DOC).

Physicals and Immunizations

Physical Exams are required for all incoming 9th grade students and all students entering school in Illinois for the first time. Physicals must be dated within one year from the first day of school and must be completed on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam, not IHSA Sports Physical form. This is due on or before the first day of school. Students without a physical exam will be excluded from school attendance.

Meningococcal Vaccines:

Illinois State Law requires all 12th grade students to provide proof of having received two meningococcal vaccines prior to entry into school. If the first meningococcal vaccine was received after 16 years of age, only one vaccination is needed. Please contact your student’s health care provider if you are unsure of the status of your child’s immunizations.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

These screenings are mandated by the state for all students receiving special education services, students new to the district, or teacher or parent referrals. Testing will begin on or after October 15 of the school year and continue until all mandatory screenings have been completed. Parents will be notified if there are any abnormal findings. These are only screenings and should never replace a thorough exam by your doctor. If your child already wears (or should be wearing) glasses or hearing aids, please let the school nurse know.