Children’s health is a key element in positive educational outcomes. The goal of Hawthorn District #73 Health Services and our School Nurses is to promote, protect, support, improve and sustain health. Student health encompasses the physical health, emotional well-being and safety of all students and staff. This helps to ensure optimal health, growth, learning, and quality of life. This district mission is in in collaboration with the students, families, staff, administrators, and community resources.Parents are asked to provide important health and medical information about their student, which is updated each year during the online registration process. Please complete this information as accurately as possible, as this information will accompany your child to the hospital if emergency treatment is needed. It also enables the Nurse to understand your child’s health needs at school. If there are changes during the school year, please be sure to notify the Nurse. This health information is maintained by the Nurse in each building and is kept confidential. Please feel free to contact the Nurse at your child’s school regarding any concerns about your child’s health or medical needs.
Discussions between the Nurse, students, family members, or staff are private. All are welcome to talk openly about themselves, their health, or questions that they may have. The information is not shared with other people without permission. The only exception is if someone may be in danger. If a person prefers a more private place to talk, those arrangements will be made. Student medical records are confidential, as well. They are not released without parental consent. Written parental authorization is required for the school to obtain medical records from outside sources.
Daily attendance is required by the School Code of Illinois. Student absences for any reason other than illness are strongly discouraged. If your child is going to be absent from school, parents must call the school by 9 a.m. on each day of absence to report and explain the reason for the absence. The school phones have answering machines that can receive messages before and after school hours.
Sick Day Guidelines
To help prevent the spread of illness, the Lake County Health Department provides guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school.
New Immunization Requirements
All students entering 6th grade must show proof of one meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV) given on or after 11 years of age. All student health records (physical, immunization, dental or vision forms) should be emailed directly to medicalrecords@hawthorn73.
Tetanus/Diptheria/Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccination
Any child entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade must show proof of receiving one dose of Tdap (defined as tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose. As further reminder, children entering 6th grade need to have a completed hepatitis B series, a full physical (Illinois Child Health Exam form) and dental exam (Illinois Dental Exam form) and parents must also provide Proof of Residency. Forms are available on the Medical Forms Page.
Check out our list of healthcare providers for a few available options. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement, but rather this is provided as a resource. If you need assistance, please contact your school nurse.
Asthma Action Plan (AAP)
Illinois Public Act 099-0843 requires all schools to request from parents of students with asthma and asthma action plan (AAP). If your child has asthma, and you have not done so already, please provide a current AAP to the school nurse now for this school year.
Flu can be very dangerous for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 years have been hospitalized each year in the United States because of influenza. The flu vaccine is safe and helps protect children from the flu. Here is information on flu prevention in English and Spanish.
In accordance with Illinois House Bill 200 and the IESA By-Laws, Hawthorn School District 73 has proactively developed a Concussion Management Plan for its coaches, parents, and student athletes.
Health and Wellness
Hawthorn District 73 is grounded in the belief that all children deserve to be healthy, safe, engaged, and supported. We provide comprehensive programming and approaches that ensure the academic, social, and emotional wellness of the whole child. At Hawthorn, we aim to establish a school environment that supports students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. For more information on wellness and nutrition, please click here.