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Attendance and Health

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Attendance Information:

Please call the school office or attendance line early in the morning when you know your child will be absent from school. If your child will be absent for an extended time, please send a note to the school stating the reason for the absence and the days they will be out of school.
Attendance Lines:
Please call the phone number below to report your child absent from school. 
  • Madison Attendance Line: 224-470-6291
  • Edison Attendance Line: 224-470-6292
  • Lincoln Attendance Line: 224-470-6293

Guidelines for Keeping your Child Home from School (2022-23 School Year)
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the District is following the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) COVID-19 guidance. These guidelines may be updated by IDPH throughout the school year, therefore, you should check with the school nurse for the most up to date information.  

Currently, any student experiencing the following symptoms will be excluded from school (regardless of vaccination status) for 5 calendar days unless they provide a negative COVID-19 test.

Symptoms that require a PCR test before returning to school:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

If a negative COVID-19 PCR test is provided to the school, then the student may return as long as they have been fever-free for the past 24 hours without taking any fever-reducing medication and vomiting and diarrhea have ceased 24 hours prior to returning to school. 

The District understands that the symptoms could be attributed to many different illnesses but current guidance requires a Covid Test for any of those specific symptoms to rule out COVID-19. Alternate diagnosis will not be accepted unless the symptoms can be attributed to a documented medical condition with written medical documentation being shared with the school.

Per the FDA, rapid, over-the-counter, antigen tests should be treated as presumptive negatives and thus, a second negative over the counter test will be required to be collected at least 24 hours after initial negative to confirm results prior to returning to work. Only 1 negative PCR test 

To submit a copy of your child’s PCR Covid test results, please email: 

To view the most up-to-date school attendance guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health, please click here, or contact your school nurse.  

Medications at School:
A doctor’s order is necessary to administer any medications at school including all over-the-counter medications. The medication needs to be brought to school in the original label container along with the Medications Form(PDF).

Health Requirements

The School Code of Illinois, Section 27-8 (Public law 95-422), has been revised and now states that every child shall have a physical examination upon entrance to kindergarten and at the beginning of 6th and 9th grades. Failure to comply with this state law is cause for exclusion of you child from school. To meet this requirement, the exam form must be signed by a doctor and completed after February 1st, of the current school year. Children whose completed physical exam forms have not been filed with the school office may be excluded from school until this requirement is met.

A dental exam is required for all kindergarten, second, and sixth grade students. The dental examination form is to be completed and on file by May 15 of the school year. A dental waiver is available and can be completed if applicable.

An eye examination is required for any child enrolling in kindergarten or for new students to an Illinois school. Each student shall present proof of being examined by a licensed physician before October 15th of the school year.

All required forms are located on the Student Registration page.

Health records transferred from another school will be accepted providing the physical and dental records are complete.

Because physicians and dentists are rushed to complete exams in the summer, we suggest you make an early appointment. Please don’t delay in completing the required exams. The forms can be mailed or brought to the school offices as soon as possible.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

If you have any questions regarding District 69 health requirements, please call Mrs. Joaquin Schubert at 847-675-7666.