Health Resources

Health Services


A child’s health is primarily the responsibility of the parent or guardian, and the health departments provided at our schools support that endeavor. We work with parents and school staff to make necessary accommodations for students with known medical conditions or as a health concern arises during the school year, to support the child’s academic performance in the school setting. You are encouraged to become familiar with the school health services.

Illness & Accidents at School

Any illness or accident should be reported to the school office immediately. First aid is available at the office during the school day. Students who are ill or who have had an accident should not leave the building or call home, but report to the office at once for help. The school staff with notify the parent.

Accidents that occur on the bus, the school grounds, should be reported to the school nurse, a teacher or the office immediately.

Student Accident Insurance

NPD117 offers student accident insurance to all district students. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to obtain the form and complete the enrollment process. Parents may purchase non-school related accident coverage as well.

If you are interested in Voluntary Student Accident Insurance contact your health department staff.

Head Injuries

Health staff members follow specific procedures for a head injury sustained at school. Minor injuries may require an ice pack and rest. If a head injury occurs the parent will be called and the student will receive a Head Injury Information Sheet noting some signs/symptoms they should be aware of.

Sick or not sick? Helpful tips for Parents

Parents are occasionally confronted with the dilemma of their school age child not feeling well on a school day. A decision must be made as to whether the child should be kept home or sent to school. The guidelines below are available to assist you in caring for a sick child until the health care professional can be consulted.


If your child has a fever of 100 degrees orally or higher they should be kept at home. Until your child has been fever-free for 24 hours they should be kept at home.

Stomach Pain

Consult your health care professional if your child has a persistent stomachache. If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea they should be kept home.


A skin rash may be the first sign that your child has one of many childhood illnesses or an allergic reaction. Do not send your child to school with a skin rash. For the safety of all in the school setting the cause of the rash and the determination that it is not contagious to others should be obtained. If your child has a chronic skin condition, a note from your health care professional describing this diagnosis will avoid a request for further consultations.

Communicable Disease

the North Palos School District 117 follows the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health guidelines regarding issues of communicable disease. Notifying the health office when your child is ill is helpful in determining concerns for the school population.

Ill children must remain at home and well children must be in school.