School Nurse News

Enterovirus Illness

9 Sept 2014: The Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department has issued a statement regarding the recent cluster of Enterovirus illness (EV-D68).

From the letter:  “Symptoms of enterovirus illness can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches. Because EV-D68 has not been reported commonly, the full spectrum of illness due to this type of enterovirus is not well known. However, if you, or your child, are experiencing cold like symptoms and are having difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider right away.

At this time, there is no specific anti-viral medication or vaccine for EV-D68 infections, for this reason, it is important to adhere to the steps listed above to protect your family.

Remember good hand washing is your first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses, not just the common cold, but many types of infectious gastrointestinal illness like Salmonella, Shigellosis, and E.coli O157:H7, which are spread person- to-person via fecal-oral route by improper hand washing technique. Don’t underestimate the power of hand washing!”

Read the full letter here: 9 Sept letter from CUPHD regarding Enterovirus Illness


Helpful Health Links

American Academy of Pediatrics American Diabetes Association
Asthma-American Lung Association Champaign Urbana Public Health District
Center for Disease Control Epilepsy Foundation
Food Allergy Research and Education Illinois Department of Public Health
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Mental Health


NOTICE: Self-Administration of Asthma Medication Law Amended


Illinois school code regarding the self-administration of asthma medication has been amended; see Public Act 096-1460, Sec. 22-30. Previously the law required that your child’s health care provider sign a written authorization, allowing your child to self-administer their reliever/rescue asthma inhaler medication while at school. The law has been changed, and now allows you to submit a current prescription label instead of the signed written authorization from your child’s health care provider. The submitted prescription label must contain the following information; the name of the medication, the prescribed dosage, and the time at which, or circumstances under which the medication is to be administered. If you do not have an appropriate prescription label, you may submit written authorization from your child’s healthcare provider.

As always, the parent/guardian must still complete and submit a Self-Administration of Asthma Medication Authorization Form. This form can be obtained at the USD 116 website, at your child’s school, or by contacting the District Nurse at 384-3616.

Please feel free to contact the District Nurse at 384-3616 if you have any questions regarding these new guidelines.

ALERT: Whooping Cough

Whooping Cough Informational Flyer (pdf)

Tos ferina Flyer Informativo (pdf)

Vision and Hearing Screenings

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. The screenings are conducted by the district nurses.

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.

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 and hearing screening schedule is below

If you wish to exempt your child from the Vision and/or Hearing Screening please contact the District Nurse at 384-3616. If your child’s school is not listed, please check the site again as the list is updated regularly.

2016-17 school year vision and hearing screenings:

Sept. 27 & 28 – Yankee Ridge Elementary

Oct. 5, 6, & 7 – King Elementary

Oct. 18, 19, & 20 – Dr. Williams Elementary

Oct. 26 & 27 – CUPHD screening – Urbana Early Childhood School

Nov. 2 & 3 – Wiley Elementary

Nov. 8, 9, & 10 – Thomas Paine Elementary

Nov. 15 & 16 – CUPHD screening – Urbana Early Childhood School

Nov. 28, 30, & Dec. 2 – Leal Elementary


Community Resources

Prescription Drug Programs

Free Prescription Drug Program – For Generic Oral Antibiotics*!- from Schnucks Pharmacy

$4 Generic Prescriptions at Schnucks Pharmacy

$4 Generic Prescriptions at Wal-Mart

$4 Generic Prescriptions at Wal-Mart (en Español)

Eye Care Programs

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

  • Bard Optical:  351-8822
    Location: 907 West Marketview Drive, Champaign, IL.
  • Dr. Evelyn Moore:  351-4106
    Location: Round Barn Center, 501-B South Mattis,
    Champaign, IL.
  • The Eye Center: 352-2020
    Location: 403 Windsor Road, Champaign, IL.
  • Dr. Lawrence G. Karl:  356-1543
    Location: 2110 North Market Street, Champaign, 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)384-3616.