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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

Physicals and Immunizations (Pre-K, K, 6th Grade, and Transfer Students)

All children must submit a physical examination with an up-to-date immunization record upon entrance to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and sixth grade. New transfer students to the district must also meet this requirement.

Students will not be allowed to start the 2023-2024  school year without meeting this requirement.

The physical exam and immunization record must be completed on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination form and signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Forms dated on or after August 28, 2022, will be accepted. Please make sure a parent/guardian completes and signs the Health History section of the form.

Vision Examination (Kindergarten)

All children enrolling in kindergarten are required to have an eye examination. The Eye Examination report should be completed by a licensed optometrist or medical doctor who completes eye exams. Forms dated on or after August 28, 2022, will be accepted. 

Dental Examination (K, 2nd, and 6th)

All kindergarten, second and sixth-grade students are required by the State of Illinois to have a current dental exam and submit evidence of that exam to the school by May 15th. Exams completed 18 months before the May 15th deadline meet the requirement. Parents should submit the completed State Dental Form to the nurse’s office.

Completed forms should be submitted to the building nurse or school office.