Urbana School District #116

Health Services

School Nurses

USD # 116 provides limited nursing services at each of the district schools during the school day.

Central Office:
Tammie Dean, RN
District Nurse:  Phone # 384-3616 Geodee Fred, RN
All District Nurse & Screenings: Phone # 840-6471

Martin Luther King & Leal:
Tanya Dechert, RN

Dr. Williams Elementary & Urbana Early Childhood School:
Sabrina Brown, RN  

Yankee Ridge:
Sharon Foley, RN

Thomas Paine & Wiley Elementary:

Sabrina Brown, RN

Urbana Middle School:
Doug Brown, RN

Urbana High School:
Katherine Kuethe, RN

Health and Medication Forms

Dental Forms

Health Forms

Medication at School

Medication Nurses are available, on a limited basis, at all of the district schools during the day to oversee the dispensing of prescription and non-prescription medication to students. When possible the nurse will give the medication. If the nurse is not available the building principal or his or her volunteer designee will give the medication.

Please talk with your physician about scheduling medication to avoid school hours whenever possible. Prescription medications which are to be taken 3 times per day normally do not need to be given at school.

Prescription medications must be brought to school in a correctly labeled prescription container.  Non-prescription medications must be in the original container with the student’s name affixed to the container. A Medication Authorization (PDF) must be completed for both prescription and non -prescription medication.

Vision and Hearing

Vision and hearing screenings will be administered during the school year according to Illinois State Public Health guidelines. The mandate requires hearing screenings for all students in preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade, and all students in special education classes. Vision screenings are required for all preschool, kindergarten, 2nd grade, 8th grade and all students in special education classes. In addition to these students, any student entering Urbana School District who has not previously been screened and any student referred for a special education case study will be screened for both vision and hearing. Any student suspected by a parent, guardian or teacher of having a vision or hearing problem may also be referred for testing.

Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete vision and eye evaluation by an eye doctor.  Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an evaluation has been administered within the last 12 months.

2018-2019 Dates for Scheduled Hearing and Vision screenings


Local Eye Care Providers

The following Eye Care Programs accept the medical card for an eye exam and eye glasses:

  • Bard Optical:                    Ph #:  351-8822       907 West Marketview Drive, Champaign, IL
  • Dr. Evelyn Moore:           Ph #:  351-4106       Round Barn Center, 501-B South Mattis, Champaign IL
  • The Eye Center:               Ph #:  352-2020       2151 S. Neil St., Champaign IL
  • Carle Eye Departement  Ph #: 383-3150        South Clinic, University Ave, Urbana, IL

If your child does not have a medical card and you need assistance in obtaining an eye exam and/or eye glasses for your student please contact the District Nurse at (217)384-3564.

Control of Communicable Diseases at School

Communicable Diseases are those diseases, which may be transmitted from person to person.

Control of communicable disease is managed within the district in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health Guidelines. Any person who exhibits symptoms of a communicable disease will be excluded from school by the building principal until the student’s healthcare provider and/or the Illinois Department of Public/Champaign Urbana Public Health District indicates they can safely return.

It is requested that parents notify the Building Principal of their child’s school, if their child is diagnosed with a communicable or contagious disease. The Parent/Guardian should provide the school with a note from the student’s Healthcare Provider (physician, advanced practice nurse or physician’s assistant) and/or Public Health Official for readmission to school.

In accordance with School Code, Article 27-Section 8.1, subsection 6.    http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1005&ChapterID=17, below, please find the Urbana School District #116 student health data – immunization for the current school year.  The chart, which was submitted to the Illinois School Board of Education, is also available here in PDF format.

Health Conditions

We all do our best to stay healthy and to keep our children healthy. When children come to school sick they are not able to participate in the learning process and they also expose others to their illness.

Some general guidelines we ask for parents to follow are the following:

  • No child should be sent to school with a fever (a temperature above 100˚farenheight). The child may return to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
  • A child with diarrhea should be kept home until stools return to normal.
  • If vomiting occurs keep the child at home until they are able to keep food down.


If your child develops a rash you need to have the doctor diagnose the problem. Please provide the school with a note from the doctor before your child returns to school. If your child develops a rash during the school day we will ask you to take your child to see the doctor.

Sore Throat

If your child is diagnosed with strep throat they must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school. They must also be fever free (as outlined under health conditions).


If your child has been diagnosed with asthma we encourage you to notify the school and provide the school with asthma medication, in the event your child has problems with their asthma during the school day.

You have two options in requesting that asthma medication be utilized at school for your child.  One option is to keep medication in the school health office to be administered with supervision as ordered by your physician.  If you choose this option, you and your physician must complete a Medication Authorization Form.

In option two, you may have your child carry medication for his/her asthma and to self-administer the medication independently.  State law requires that we inform you, in writing that the School District and its employees and agents are to incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by your child. If you choose this option you and your child’s healthcare provider must complete the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication Authorization FormYou may choose to submit the prescription label to the asthma medication in lieu of the physician’s written order.


If your child is diagnosed with a seizure disorder please notify the principal of your child’s school. To better meet your child’s needs while at school we will ask that your child’s physician complete a Seizure Action Plan.  For any student suffering a seizure at school, without a current Seizure Action Plan on file, emergency services will be contacted.


Food Allergies affect about 4 percent of children younger than 18 and approximately 2.5 percent of adults. Every food-allergic reaction has the possibility of developing into a life-threatening reaction. Urbana School District #116 is an allergy aware district. Our food service contract with Aramark prohibits nuts in all food service preparation and meals.  Individual classes may have different rules regarding treats, however, we do not ban students from bringing in items with ingredients commonly known to trigger allergies.  Our staff (teachers and administrative staff) have extensive training and education about allergy awareness and potentially serious allergies.  That training stresses precautions and the seriousness of all allergic reactions and we have implemented guidelines for the management of life-threatening food allergies.

If your child has a life-threatening food allergy please notify the principal at your child’s school or the District Nurse at (217) 384-3564. We will provide you with the necessary paperwork including Medication Authorization Forms, Food Substitution Form, Individual Health Plan, Health History Form and the Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization for your child. If accommodations are necessary for your child to eat hot lunch at school, we will need to have the Food Substitution Form completed by your child’s healthcare provider. The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) published this guide on reading food labels.

State law allows your child to carry and self-administer their Epinephrine Auto-Injector during the school day and at all school related activities. State law also requires that we inform you, in writing that the School District and its employees and agents are to incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by your child. In order to provide for this the district requires that you and your child’s physician complete a Self-Administration of Epinephrine Auto-Injector Authorization Form.

It is advised that an extra Epinephrine-Auto-Injector be kept in school office, in case your child should forget to bring theirs to school and requires assistance from school staff, in the event they should suffer a life-threatening allergic reaction. If you choose to keep an Epinephrine Auto-Injector in the school office, a Medication Authorization Form must be completed. Thanks to a grant from Carle Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Circle, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, all Urbana schools are equipped with stock, non-designated epinephrine auto-injectors. Designated school staff will be appropriately trained to respond to any student suffering from a severe allergic reaction.

Head Lice

Head lice are parasites that that are transferred from one person to another by direct contact with an infested person’s head, or by contact with personal items such as hats, hairbrushes, or bedding. Lice infestation may occur in any age category, but it is most frequent among preschool and grade school age children.  If a case of head lice is detected in your child’s classroom a notification letter will be sent home with your child. You are encouraged to check your child’s hair on a regular basis and notify the school if you discover lice in your child’s hair. Discourage your child from sharing hat, scarves, or clothing, especially coats and jackets.  If the school discovers your child has head lice we will contact you to pick up your child. Information will be given to you with recommendations on how to treat your home and child for head lice.

Your child may return to school when all nits (eggs) and lice have been removed from the hair. As time permits, a school nurse will check your child and your child’s classroom for headlice.